Heading to Montgomery? Make time for Atlanta's King sites

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Heading to Montgomery? Make time for Atlanta's King sites
This April 29, 2018 photo shows the house in Atlanta where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and lived until the age of 12. Nearby attractions include a National Park Service visitor center with exhibits about his life and the civil right movement, along with the King Center and the tomb where King and his wife Coretta Scott King are interred across from an eternal flame. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

ATLANTA (AP) — The memorial to lynching victims that just opened in Montgomery, Alabama, and a related museum are expected to attract thousands of visitors in the next year. Many of those travelers will fly or drive through Atlanta and might consider adding the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park to their itinerary.

King rose to fame as a pastor leading the Montgomery bus boycott, but his roots were in Atlanta.

The Atlanta park includes King’s birthplace and childhood home, the church where he and his father preached, and exhibits about his life and the civil rights movement. You’ll also see the tombs where King and his wife, Coretta, are buried, along with an eternal flame.

The Atlanta sites provide both a preface and an epilogue to any Montgomery itinerary exploring black history.