Dr. Martin Luther King’s home in Atlanta, the place where the civil rights movement was born, has been sold to the National Park Service. This development means that the home, set in Atlanta Vine City, will become a part of the Federal city park. This new arrangement also includes the church where Dr. King preached.
The announcement was made on Thursday by the National Park Foundation on 11alive.com and it was stated that the home will be accessible to the general public as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Park. According to the announcement the National Park Foundation had purchased the home from the estate of Coretta Scott King before transferring it to the National Park Service.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s last home, in Atlanta, has been acquired by the National Park Service in preparation for opening it up to the public https://t.co/2L7HzudxSw
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 25, 2019
The move is to help increase knowledge about America’s past, Dr. King’s life and legacy, and the struggles faced by the civil rights movement.
One of the children of Dr. King, Dr. Berenice King, said she and her siblings were glad to have worked with the National Park Foundation to ensure their home was open to the public to tell the story of their father’s legacy. She said it was their mother’s wish for generations to know the story of Dr. King as a father, minister, civil rights leader, and a husband.
There is no word yet regarding when the home will be open to the public.