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Martin Luther King Jr.: Facts and Information Before Visiting National Historical Sites

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 01:30 PM

If you're interested in learning about Martin Luther King, Jr., there are some historic sites you should visit that put the life of the beloved Baptist preacher and civil rights leader in perspective.

Here are facts about some of the best sites that you should know before you venture to them:

1. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta was established to preserve and interpret the places where Dr. King was born, worked, worshiped and is buried. Places to visit include the Visitor Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, The King Center (Freedom Hall), Fire Station No. 6, Dr. King's Birth Home, and the restored Birth Home Block.

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The only guided tour is of Dr. King's Birth Home. All other facilities such as Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. King's Gravesite, Freedom Hall, Fire Station No. 6, and the Visitor Center are self-guided.

The site's King Library and Archives in Atlanta is the largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement in the world.

2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute in Stanford, Calif., supports a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired. The Institute’s publications, public programs, workshops, and website offer information about King’s dream of global peace with social justice.

3. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Street Historic Walking Tour

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Street Historic Walking Tour in Selma, Ala., boasts 20 memorials that highlight the history of the Voting Rights movement in Selma. Visitors walk by the First Baptist Church, George Washington Carver homes, Brown Chapel AME Church, Martin Luther King, Jr. monument, and other sites.

4. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., serves as a lasting tribute to the freedom, opportunity, and justice for which Dr. King fought. Adjacent to the FDR Memorial, the MLK Memorial stands between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. It's open every day of the year except for Dec. 25, and admission is free.

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5. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala., have a multitude of Civil Rights and Martin Luther King, Jr. historic sites. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is home to "Selma-to-Montgomery," a photographic journey by photographer Spider Martin of the historic civil rights March.

6. The Civil Rights Memorial

The Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery honors the achievements and memory of those who died during the Civil Rights Movement. It’s a period framed by the Brown v. Board decision in 1954, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.

The Memorial is just around the corner from the church where Dr. King served as pastor during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-1956, and the capitol steps where the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march ended in 1965. It’s located on an open plaza accessible to visitors 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

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