Martin Luther King Historic Site and other Atlanta Catholic Churches

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On Auburn Avenue, a black neighborhood where Dr. Martin Lutheran King Jr would grow up. Here is the old Ebenezer Baptist Church, built in 1914-22.
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Interior of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King's father became pastor in 1931, and he joined as co-pastor in 1960. It was also the site of his funeral on April 9, 1968.
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New Ebenezer Baptist Church built in 1999.
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Inside the National Park Service Visitor Center are displays about the life of Martin Luther King Jr, and this wagon, which was used to bring him back home to Auburn Ave one last time in 1968.
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Dr. King's Tomb and the Eternal Flame at this location were dedicated in 1977.
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The King Center, founded by Coretta Scott King and other supporters ion 1968 to maintain the legacy of Dr. King's work in the civil rights moevement.
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The Historic Fire Station No. 6, built in 1894, is Atlanta's oldest standing firehouse, now a museum.
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The King Birth Home, built in 1895, where M.L. King Jr was born on Jan. 15, 1929 and lived the first 12 years of his life.
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The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, not far from Atlanta Underground. A wood structure was erected on this site in 1848, and the cornerstone of the present Church laid in 1869, completed in 1873.
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It was Fr. Thomas O'Reilly, a Confederate Chaplin who persuaded General Sherman not to burn his and the neighboring Churches in 1864. He also saved City Hall and the Court House.
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The shrine had to be rebuilt after a disasterous fire in 1982, at that time the remains of Fr. O'Reilly were found in a crypt.
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The statute of the Pieta, carved in Italy, survived the fire and stands in its original place.
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Paintings of the 12 Apostles on the ceiling are by Georgia artist Henry Barnes.
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Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart in downtown Atlanta, originaly founded in 1880. The 137 foot towers were once the tallest points in the neighborhood.
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The current Church was designed in 1897 by an Atlanta architect, W. T. Downing. Dedicated in 1920, the architectural style is basically French Romanesque. Note the life-size crucifix, and full-figured painting of Christ manifesting his Sacred Heart in the dome of the apse.
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28 Stained Glass windows from Mayer Studios in Munich were installed in 1902. Those along the walls are episodes in teh Life of Christ. In 1976, the Church of the Sacred Heart was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its "artistically significant architecture".

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