The home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., located in the Vine City neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, is about to be open to the public for the first time ever. The brick house, where he moved to in 1965 with his wife Coretta Scott King and his children, is now officially the property of the National Park Service, and will eventually be part of the broader Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park.
The National Park Foundation purchased the home for $400,000 via private philanthropy on January 8, 2019, and also acquired King’s birth home for $1.9 million in December 2018. Both homes were then transferred to the National Park Service. The foundation hopes to use the two sites to provide greater access to King’s life and legacy, and tell a more comprehensive American story through national parks.
Dr. King’s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King, said, “We are very pleased to have worked with the National Park Foundation to ensure that the family home that my siblings and I grew up in will be open and available to the public. My brothers and I are honored to have fulfilled my mother’s wish to allow future generations to know the story of our dad as a father, a husband, a minister, and a civil rights leader.”
Before it opens to the public, however, the home must undergo assessments, repairs, and restorations, and is not expected to open for tours until next year.