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New Tour Hopes to Shine Light on Civil Rights Historic Sites

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During one of the most defining times in the country's history, Atlanta was a center, if not the epicenter, of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of the men and women who made history fighting for equality around the country lived in Atlanta during the time, and countless others came through the city to work with Atlanta-based organizations. Yet so little of that history is easily accessible today. Yes, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site anchors Sweet Auburn, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a great new resource. But many other sites that have served as the backdrop for so much history have been relegated to the oblivion, some in various states of decay. Fear not! Tom Houck, a friend of several civil rights icons, has started giving three-hour tours of some of the lesser-known but still-important locations. His hope: to bringing awareness to the sites and their stories. The AJC tagged along last week to see what the fuss is all about, running a feature on the subject this past weekend. After the jump, find a handy map with some locations (most of them in sad shape) featured on the new tour.



· Landmark neglect on the new civil rights tour [AJC; subscriber]
· About the Tour [Civil Rights Tour]

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1. MLK's Final House

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234 Sunset Avenue Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30314

The home the King family lived in when MLK, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis is located in Vine City, just west of the Georgia World Congress Center.

2. Original Paschal's

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Clark Atlanta University, 830 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30314

Once the site of strategy sessions of the civil rights leaders, the restaurant sits boarded up on the Atlanta University Center Campus.

3. South-View Cemetery

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The former resting place of Martin Luther King, Jr., the cemetery is the oldest African-American corporation in the South, having been founded in 1886.

4. Former West Hunter Street Baptist Church

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Historic Westside Village, 775 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30314

The home church of Ralph David Abernathy, it has been abandoned since the 1970s and now sits derelict, open to the elements, despite past plans to recreate the space as a museum.

5. MLK's Birth Home

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501 Auburn Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

Part of the MLK, Jr. National Park in Sweet Auburn, the home is one of the few well preserved historical sites featured on the tour.

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1. MLK's Final House

234 Sunset Avenue Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30314

The home the King family lived in when MLK, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis is located in Vine City, just west of the Georgia World Congress Center.

234 Sunset Avenue Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30314

2. Original Paschal's

Clark Atlanta University, 830 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30314

Once the site of strategy sessions of the civil rights leaders, the restaurant sits boarded up on the Atlanta University Center Campus.

Clark Atlanta University, 830 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30314

3. South-View Cemetery

Atlanta, GA

The former resting place of Martin Luther King, Jr., the cemetery is the oldest African-American corporation in the South, having been founded in 1886.

4. Former West Hunter Street Baptist Church

Historic Westside Village, 775 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30314

The home church of Ralph David Abernathy, it has been abandoned since the 1970s and now sits derelict, open to the elements, despite past plans to recreate the space as a museum.

Historic Westside Village, 775 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30314

5. MLK's Birth Home

501 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

Part of the MLK, Jr. National Park in Sweet Auburn, the home is one of the few well preserved historical sites featured on the tour.

501 Auburn Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312