The APEX Museum
135 Auburn Av NE. | 404-523-2739 | www.apexmuseum.org
It stands for the African-American Panoramic Experience and it is located in the John Wesley Dobbs Building. The museum is the home in Atlanta for travelling exhibits from around the world, especially Africa.
Ebenezer Baptist Church
407 Auburn Av. | 404-688-7263
Started in 1886, it was Martin Luther King Jr.’s church, and his father’s before him. It seats about 750, and was usually packed for the two services on Sunday until the congregation’s move to a new structure nearby. U.S. Park Rangers give tours on the hour — at other times, tours are self-guided.
587 University Place. | 404-581-9813 | www.cr.nps.gov
Kwanzaa and Christmas both are celebrated there with music and storytelling at the annual open house of the 1910 home of Alonzo Herndon, Atlanta’s first black millionaire and founder of Atlanta Life Insurance Company. Guided tours available by appointment.
Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site
522 Auburn Av NE. | 404-331-3920
He was born, raised, lived and worked all in the same neighborhood. His birth home is a ten-room house at 501 Auburn Avenue, built in 1894 and bought in 1909 by King’s grandfather. The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, at 449 Auburn, is an early learning center, archives and library, and is the location of King’s tomb (404-524-1956). National Park Service
Sweet Auburn District
A self-tour of the street, in the fifties called “the richest Negro street in the world,” includes Atlanta Life Insurance Company, the Big Bethel AME Church (founded in 1847), the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and the Top Hat/Royal Peacock. Walking tour maps available from the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, 233 Peachtree Street in Peachtree Center Mall (404-222-6688). Tours of the neighborhood are offered also by Atlanta Preservation Center (Offices are 404-688-3353 M-F, 9-5; tour hotline 404-688-3350; website http://www.preserveatlanta.com/).