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.Read More
New Tour Hopes to Shine Light on Civil Rights Historic Sites
MLK's Final House
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.
Once the site of strategy sessions of the civil rights leaders, the restaurant sits boarded up on the Atlanta University Center Campus.
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.
Former West Hunter Street Baptist Church
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.
MLK's Birth Home
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.