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“Moving experience”

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Start at the visitor center and then work your way around the three main sites in this historic park: the home in which the leader of the Civil Rights movement in America was born, the church where he preached and the memorial site where he is buried. A major Atlanta attraction, the park draws some 500,000 visitors each year.
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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Moving experience”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We ended up visiting the site during the MLK holiday weekend. For this reason, I suspect there were more visitors there than usual - but it wasn't overcrowded (I'm used to crowds in San Francisco).
I was surprised to see the double crypt of Dr. King and his wife in the center of the reflecting pool as I had no idea it would be there. Across from the reflecting pool is the eternal flame monument. A recording of the "I Have A Dream" speech plays on speakers in the plaza. Taking the time to really listen to the speech in this setting is quite a moving experience.

Across Auburn Street is more of a museum, gardens & mural. I wish I had had more time to explore them.

On the corner is Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King served for a time. It was pretty cool to see their sign was vintage neon.

Visited January 2013
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very Informative”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

I think that this place is a must if traveling in atlanta. It is appropriate for all ages, who doesn't love history.

Visited August 2012
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“An interesting and moving piece of civil rights history.”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

While visiting the Atlanta area, our family decided to visit the MLK national historic site and we are so glad we did! It was such a moving experience! The movie, the pictures and the historic artifacts all provide a glimpse into the civil rights movement. I highly recommend a visit to the MLK national historic site but try to arrive early so you can get tour tickets for the King residence. The tour is very informative and entertaining as well. Although the neighborhood is not the best, we never felt threatened or in danger.

Visited December 2012
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Ashland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Very moving pilgrimage”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The site is well-organized, well-put-together and allows visitors to visit places and artifacts with meaning in our modern lives. For those who remember Dr. King it has a special warmth to see this site so well organized. For those who only read about him, young adults and kids get more than just some buildings.

Visited April 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great attraction for adults and children!”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

A up close and live history lesson for both adults and kids. I had so much fun during the tour, I also learned a lot of things about Dr King, historic Atlanta, and other historical events and landmarks. If you are visiting Atlanta or live here, I would recommend taking the time out to stop by the King center and go on the tour and take a look at all the artifacts as well.

Visited April 2012
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