Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Young Martin Luther King. Jr.'s, childhood here was entirely normal. He did his chores and received his allowance. Neighbors often saw him bouncing a ball off the side of the house or riding his bike along the street. He fought with his brother (he once hit his brother, A. D., over the head with a phone). Though physically small, he was intensely competitive; neighborhood kids risked getting hurt when playing against him in football or basketball.
King's boyhood home dates to 1895. Its 14 rooms were enough to house an extended family, which it did throughout "M.L.'s" youth. At the time of King's birth, the home belonged to his maternal grandparents--they lived downstairs, he, his siblings, and his parents upstairs. The arrangement was typical of families along Auburn Avenue. and the effect reverberated throughout King's life. He would continue to work and pray with his parents until his death in 1968.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30312, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Birthplace (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 marker); Fire Station No. 6 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bryant-Graves House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 23, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 3. submitted on November 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.