Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District Atlanta, Georgia
The mile-and-a-half stretch of downtown Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue, known as Sweet Auburn, is the birthplace of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and where the city’s vibrant African American community came into its own during the 1890s. During the years of enforced racial segregation in the early 20th century, Auburn Avenue was so prosperous that local civic leader John Wesley Dobbs declared it the “richest Negro street in the World”, and the nickname Sweet Auburn stuck.