Monday, June 10, 2013

M is for Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Every year when we visit Atlanta, Georgia we try to visit at least one place we've never been before.  This year my husband decided he really wanted to take a history field trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.  It is part of the National Park Services, and there are several facilities included, for free!

The mural across from the Visitor Center's entrance . . .

Inside the visitor's center were many videos, pictures and displays that walked you through King's journey and the Civil Rights Movement.

This is the antique wagon that was donated for the funeral procession.

The King Center was established by Mrs. Coretta Scott King in 1968, and is the final resting place for both. There are exhibits featuring Dr King Jr., his wife and Gandhi.

The eternal flame of hope . . . 

Personal effects and pictures are located in the King Center too.

Ebeneezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached.

We were traveling with 4 kids, and while Eleanor was content to ride in her stroller, and Elliott did look at some of the exhibits, the 2 and 3 year olds were a little restless here, so we did not go in the church or tour his childhood home, but there is a virtual tour!  However, I still think this was a fantastic field trip.

They were more interested in playing!

I was on preschooler duty here, so I didn't go into the gift shop, but I read online (after the fact) they have children's books that I would have loved to have checked out!  Husband did pick up a copy of "I Have A Dream" for us!

If you are visiting Atlanta, (or live there and have never been) I highly recommend visiting the Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site!  You can't beat the price of FREE for such an inspirational history and civil rights lesson!  The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site has free lesson plans for Pre-K through 8th grade.  Even if you aren't taking a field trip, these lesson plans might be useful for Martin Luther King Jr. Day or for Civil Rights history supplements.  Homeschool Encouragement also has a Martin Luther King Jr Day Ultimate Homeschool Resource List full of educational ideas. 

We will definitely visit here again in the future when the kids are older and reach an appropriate level of maturity and appreciation.

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  1. A fun and educational field trip! Love the last picture of the boys 'resting'.

  2. Thanks for linking up to FTF, what a great place! If I'm ever in GA, I'll have to check it out, it's great that it's FREE and they provide so many resources to go with!