Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
For his first 12 years Martin Luther King, Jr., lived in the comfortable middle-class home across from you. Two cultural values distinguished the King household: a strong sense of family and the ever-presence of religion. Bad behavior often met a stern response; good behavior received a warm embrace. Evening meals always waited until "Daddy King" came home. Prayer and scripture readings punctuated each day.
"Daddy King's" status as pastor at Ebenezer and strong maternal influences ensured a stable and secure upbringing for the King children. While the anguish caused by the Depression swirled all around them, the Kings lived comfortably - their home and church a neighborhood mainstay.
"My mother and father went out of their way to provide everything for their children....I went right on through school; I never had to drop out to work or anything. And you know, I was about to conclude that life had been wrapped up for me in a Christmas package."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From his speech, Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool
August 27, 1967
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Dr. King returned often to his neighborhood - here with two of his own children, Martin III and Yolanda. The home was acquired by The King Center in 1971; it opened to the public in 1975.
The King family, about 1939. Front, left to right: Alfred Daniel (A.D.), Christine, and Martin. Standing: Martin's mother Alberta Williams King, Martin Luther King, Sr., and grandmother Jennie Williams, who lived with the family until her death in 1941.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
Location. 33° 45.333′ N, 84° 22.28′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Auburn Avenue NE east of Bouvelard NE, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 488 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30312, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Home (a few steps from this marker); Shotgun Houses (a few steps from this marker); Stepping Up (within shouting distance of this marker); Birth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Apartment House (within shouting distance of this marker); Neighborhood Pride (within shouting distance of this Fire Station No. 6 (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Fire Station No. 6 (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
Also see . . .
1. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. (Submitted on April 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The King Center. (Submitted on April 24, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.