Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site established in 1980, consists of several buildings surrounding Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home on Auburn Avenue in the Sweet Auburn historic district. The original Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father Martin Luther King Sr. were pastors, is also part of the national historic site. These places are critical components in the interpretation of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy as a leader of the American civil rights movement.
Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead is an all-inclusive 33-acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, one of the Southeast’s largest history museums; two historic houses, the 1928 Swan House and the Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook event space; the Coca-Cola Cafe; a museum gift shop; and acres of historic gardens and woodland trails. In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown Atlanta. The two-acre campus features tours of the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Gone With the Wind,” an exhibit highlighting the life and times of Margaret Mitchell, a “Gone with the Wind” movie exhibit, and a gift shop.