Celebrate African American History in Atlanta
There are so many ways to learn about the heritage and contributions of African Americans in Atlanta. Make sure to also check out places to road trip to learn about black history.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
The nation’s most famous civil rights leader was born and buried here. The site, managed by the National Park Service, includes exhibits, MLK’s birth home, The King Center and Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in downtown Atlanta. For Atlantans and people from all over the world, a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is an educational and inspiring experience. Learn about the life of Dr. King, about the community where King lived, and the lasting legacy he left behind.
Center for Civil and Human Rights
This cultural attraction connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Make your way through the personal papers and items of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a reconstruction of the Greyhound Bus the Freedom Riders rode in Alabama, sit at a replica lunch counter in non-violent protest and more.
Atlanta History Center
The center often features exhibits and collections focused on Atlanta and African-American history.
The Herndon Home Museum
Designated as a National Historic Landmark, this was the home of Alonzo Herndon, who overcame slavery, sharecropping and Jim Crow to become one of the most successful African-American businessmen of his era.
Atlanta University Center Historic District
The area encompasses six historically black colleges including Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College among others. Walk in the footsteps of famous alumni such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Maynard H. Jackson Jr., the first African-American mayor of Atlanta.
“The African-American Panoramic Experience” includes exhibits and stories about early African-American pioneers and black families who helped transform Atlanta. View artifacts, photographs and multi-media presentations from the past to present.
Historic Oakland Cemetery
Tour the final resting place of Atlanta’s black history pioneers, including Carrie Steele Logan, founder of Atlanta’s first orphanage for African-American children.
In the 1960s the Paschal brothers became actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement. The restaurant was a meeting place for key civil rights leaders and strategists including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Busy Bee Cafe
In 1947 Lucy Jackson, a self-taught cook, decided to open her own restaurant. It was a famous stop for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and more recently, President Obama has visited.