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National Park Service Buys Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birth Home In Atlanta

The Auburn Avenue home was built in 1895 for a white family and bought by Martin Luther King Jr.’s  maternal grandfather in 1909 for $3,500.
The Auburn Avenue home was built in 1895 for a white family and bought by Martin Luther King Jr.’s maternal grandfather in 1909 for $3,500.
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The National Park Service has bought the home in Atlanta where Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929.

Citing a National Park Foundation release, news outlets report the civil rights leader’s family has owned the home on Auburn Avenue for more than a century and closed the sale last month for an undisclosed amount.

Congress declared the home a National Historic Site in 1980, and the National Park Service began offering tours of it in 1982.

The home was built in 1895 for a white family and bought by King’s maternal grandfather in 1909 for $3,500.

King’s mother inherited it. King’s younger brother, A.D. King, and his family were the last of the King line to live there.