About the Tour
Atlanta is a city of heroes. A city steeped with block after block of historic buildings and places where Black people struggled and prospered to make Atlanta the citadel for Black America & the cradle of the Civil Rights movement. From the first Black millionaire Alonzo Herndon who build Atlanta Life Insurance Company to famous college presidents, like Morehouse’s Benjamin Mays, to the incredible Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta was always ahead of its time.
Civil Rights Tours Atlanta is about you – taking you to the places where history was made by those who made history. Our tour will launch from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Visitor Center, 450 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta Georgia 30312 and transform for our guests on a comfortable video equipped bus – displaying a city where every step throughout the last century was significant in changing the face of America.
You will hear from and see Civil Rights icons Andrew Young, John Lewis and Julian Bond – giving their first hand eyewitness account of historic places and how events shaped the evolution of this city “Too Busy to Hate.”
This will be the only Atlanta Civil Rights tour that will take you to the site of the famous Atlanta Student Movement Rush Memorial Church, to the graves at South-View Cemetery of Daddy King & John Wesley Dobbs. On stops you will view up close the house Dr. King lived at the time of his assassination and Coretta raised her four children.
You will witness the birth house of Dr. King, the Ebenezer Baptist church he co-pastored with his father and the Old 4th Ward where he grew up. Also a chance to stand in front of the crypt of MLK & Coretta Scott King. You will see the old Paschal’s Restaurant where in the front dining room the morning politicos helped elect Atlanta first black mayor Maynard Jackson.
For three hours you will be on a tour like no other. Every location will evoke a time and period of Civil Rights, including Ralph Abernathy’s West Hunter Street Church, the mural of John Lewis on Auburn Avenue and the office on Auburn Avenue where MLK, Abernathy, Andrew Young and Hosea Williams made decisions that changed the world.
Tours leave the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Visitor Center, 450 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta Georgia 30312 every Saturday at 11 am. and you will be treated by tour guides that were part of the Civil Rights movement. Sunday thru Thursday we offer custom tours to schools, corporations, various conventions, to be able to include something special for each group.
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Some of the locations on the tour
- King’s last house 234 Sunset Ave NW (pictured right)
- Magnolia Ballroom
- Hunter Street (MLK now) Historic street anchored by the old Paschal’s Restaurant
- Morehouse College
- Rush Memorial Church
- South View Cemetery
- SCLC & SNCC Freedom house and King’s old house
- Auburn Avenue
- King Center & King Crypt
- King Memorial (US Parks Service)
- Ebenezer Baptist Church
- King Birthplace
- Edgewood Avenue – Sweet Auburn Market
- State Capitol & City Hall