Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birth Home Is Among Relics of Auburn Avenue

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Saving Auburn Avenue

Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue was once a bustling corridor lined with Black-owned banks, night clubs, churches, meat markets and funeral homes, but as the Associated Press reports, the historic neighborhood never fully recovered following the end of state-mandated segregation as many Blacks left for new neighborhoods previously unavailable to them. For the second time since 1992, Auburn Avenue, also Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home, was added last week to the National Register of Historic Places’ Most Endangered list for 2011. Many residents say this designation is the final chance to protect the street’s fading legacy. — Britt Middleton (Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman)

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