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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
Location. 33° 45.338′ N, 84° 22.282′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Auburn Avenue NE. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30312, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance 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); Historic Fire Station No. 6 (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Categories. • African Americans • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 36 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.