In 1996, National Park Trust assisted the National Park Service in acquiring three properties inside the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. The Park Trust supplied $80,000 in gap funding for the purchase, which was the difference between the approved appraised value and the owner’s asking price.

The National Park Service and the City of Atlanta were interested in adding the property for parking during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

The park commemorates the life and work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The house in which he was born has been preserved and restored, as have the adjacent houses, to portray the Auburn Avenue neighborhood as it was in his time. The Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was a pastor, is a prominent feature. The tomb of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta King are adjacent to the park at the King Center.

Project Details:

Project Year: 1996

Parcel Size: 0.312 acres 

 Project Cost: $315,360

Long term significance

  • Acquisition eliminated deteriorated buildings. 
  • Property provided central parking area in the park for tour buses – reducing or eliminating their use of residential neighborhoods for parking.

Value to the public 

  • Park visitors have a safe, more attractive green space area; those arriving on tour buses are closer to park facilities.
  • Park neighbors are free or nearly free of tour bus parking and traffic in their community.
Map of park location – Atlanta, Georgia
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birth Home