Situated among Auburn, Edgewood, Irwin, Jackson and Randolph Avenues in Atlanta, Georgia, The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is a complex of buildings integral to the life and legacy of the esteemed Nobel Peace Prize recipient. It includes the home where he spent his childhood; Ebenezer Baptist Church, where his father and he served as pastors; and the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, a repository that contains the largest collection of primary materials on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in the world!
This 35-acre site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and increased in 2001. Designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 1977, it was designated a National Historic Site in 1980. Under the charge of King’s close friend, Representative John Lewis (D-GA), the site was expanded. Areas of it came under the auspices of the National Park Service, rendering its status to also be designated as a national historic park.