1. THE BIRTH PLACE AND FAMILY HOME OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
The two-story frame Queen Anne style house was built in 1895. The King's came into the property through marriage in 1926 when Alberta Christine, the Daughter of Ebenezer Baptist Church Reverend Adam Daniel William, married Michael Luther King, a minister at the church at the time.
The home and neighboring community is open to the public for tours. The address for the King's home is 501 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312. For more information on touring the King's home click here.
2. THE KING CENTER
Just a quick walk down the street you'll want to visit The King Center, founded in 1968 by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Wife, Coretta Scott King, and currently through his daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King. The King Center focuses on Nonviolent Social Change. The King Center actively teaches people through research, training. education, activism and advocacy to follow in the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The King Center is open to the public. The address is 449 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 to plan your visit click here.
3. EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH
Right next to The King Center is Ebenezer Baptist Church. While there are many churches Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked with to push civil and social justice, Ebenezer Baptist Church is the most important. This church was where his grandfather, his father and he preached at. Not only was this his home church, but King's funeral service was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
4. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Directly across the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church, you can enjoy the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park which features the rich history of legendary Civil Rights leaders and the International World Peace Rose Garden.
Plan your whole visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park now the address is 450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312. For more information about the park click here.
5. THE MADAM CJ WALKER MUSEUM
The building was formerly one of Walker's beauty salons. Walker is known as one of the first female self made millionaires in this country. The museum is also home to the WERD Museum exhibit. WERD was the first Black Owned and Operated Radio station in the United States.
Located at 54 Hilliard St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 right on the corner of Auburn Ave this museum is open to the public. For more information or to plan your visit click here.
6. JOHN WESLEY DOBBS MONUMENT
Right on the corner of Auburn Ave and Fort Street you can enjoy the John Wesley Dobbs Plaza. This quiet hidden gem in the middle of Atlanta's biggest civil rights leaders tends to get over looked. Many people don't know Dobbs incredible story, but it's worth the read and the visit.
The John Wesley Dobbs Plaza is open to the public and located at the intersection of Auburn Avenue and Fort St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312. For more information and to learn about this unsung hero click here.
7. MUNICIPAL MARKET
Currently ranked 16th Best Food Market around the world, the Municipal Market was built after the great fire of 1917. The market is home to 28 independent vendors that sell everything from producer to seafood. This is the perfect stop for some authentic foods from all over. The address is 209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
8. BIG BETHEL AME CHURCH
Big Bethel AME Church was founded in 1840 in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood of Atlanta. Big Bethel is famous for it's incredibly large sign that says "Jesus Saves" on the steeple. Additionally Big Bethel is also home to the first public school for African American Children, Morris Brown College and a weekly radio broadcast from the 1950s through 1960s that Dr. King appeared on. Big Bethel AME Church is located at 220 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
9. THE ROYAL PEACOCK
This lounge is a historical staple in music. It's known for hosting musical visitors such as Little Richard, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Louis Armstrong. The club opened in 1937 and was quickly popularized as a top performance center for Black Entertainers. It's located at 186 1/2 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
10. ATLANTA DAILY WORLD
The sign is located right on Auburn Ave. (145 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303) This building housed the first Black Daily News Paper. While business is no located here, Atlanta Daily World was founded on covering stories about racial injustice, civil rights and more. You can visit the Atlanta Daily World online here.
11. THE APEX MUSEUM
The museum is focused on interpreting and presenting history through the African American perspective in hopes of teaching all citizens about the contributions made through out civilization. For more information about the museum click here. The Apex Museum is located at 135 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
12. Auburn Avenue Research Library
The library is home to more than 800 works of art representing African and African American artists. Literary holdings include pieces by Harlem Renaissance writers. More impressive than that is its home to over 20,000 books and over 600 manuscript collections of artifacts. This cultural gem is located at 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.