Atlanta, Georgia audio tour: Exploring Sweet Auburn: A Civil Rights History Tour

Exploring Sweet Auburn: A Civil Rights History Tour

Walking Tour

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90 mins
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2.6mi

About the Tour

Take a journey through recent history on this walking tour of Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood.

The tour starts at the Atlanta Breakfast Club, giving you a chance to get some coffee or a bite to eat before you step back in time to the Civil Rights Movement. I’ll show you where Martin Luther King is buried, and where he was born. I’ll also point out Fire Station No. 6 and the many churches with links to the Civil Rights Movement.

While exploring the history of MLK's life and legacy, we’ll venture off the main path to see great skyline views of Atlanta. We’ll explore the changes made in recent times to this ever-evolving neighborhood, peppered with historical landmarks. Architecture fans will have their hands full snapping photos of the restored Queen Anne-style homes, and Jackson Street Bridge.

Towards the end of our journey, I’ll take you through the funky Edgewood neighborhood, where the vibe changes significantly. Great photo ops appear thanks to large sweeping murals and unique watering holes. We’ll end our tour by paying tribute to a few more historical spots, and exploring a quaint museum dedicated to Madame CJ Walker, the first female self-made millionaire. I hope you enjoy discovering this neighborhood, steeped in history!

Tour Producer

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Phil Biedron

Hello I'm Phil. A Chicagoan by way of Los Angeles and now in Atlanta. In addition to hosting tours, I am also a working actor; probably on some shows you have seen!
Contact me at [email protected]

Major Landmarks

  • MLK birth home

  • King Center

  • Edgewood

  • Jackson Street Bridge

Directions to Starting Point

The Atlanta Breakfast Club - Chicken and Waffles should pop out at you. Let's start here. You can be inside or outside, all depends on if you'd like a cup of coffee or breakfast/lunch before we begin.

I suggest you park your car at the King Center and walk to the first location. Parking behind the King Center is always free! If you are arriving via tram, the MLK stop will bring you very close. Lastly, the King Memorial Transit Station will bring you 10 mins away from our tour, plus you will be close to the enchanting Oakwood Cemetery.

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Places to stop along the way

MLK birth home, King Center, Wheat Street Baptist Church, Municipal Market, Ebenezer Baptist Church, John Lewis Mural, Edgewood, Civil Rights Walk of Fame, etc

Best time of day

I recommend daytime. 10-12pm. Can be a little unsafe at night. FYI The Municipal Market is closed on Sundays.

Precautions

Usually some people panhandling will be present. So be vigilant. Also bring a mask due to COVID precautions if needed. Bring sunblock, water, and nice walking shoes.

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