This park unit was established in 1980 to preserve Martin Luther King’s birthplace and the area known as Sweet Auburn where he grew up to be the nation’s foremost civil rights leader. Within this area of Sweet Auburn, visitors may tour the home in which King spent his early years playing and later working on his sermons. Ebenezer Baptist Church is open to visitors and has been restored to the way it looked during Martin’s early years.
Walking tours through Sweet Auburn allows visitors to view the community in which many buildings dated late 1800s to early 1900s have been restored to their former beauty. A map obtained from the park visitors center will guide viewers through this historic site where Martin Luther King was born and the gravesite to where he rests.