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No place in the southern United States speaks of history more than Atlanta, and no place in Atlanta is richer in history than Sweet Auburn. Located approximately 1 mile southeast of Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta, the Sweet Auburn community is the birthplace of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the burial sites of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King.

The neighborhood was named by John Wesley Dobbs, an African-American community leader known for his tireless advocacy for racial equality and fervent belief that African-American suffrage was the key to racial advancement. Dobbs bragged that the community was the “richest Negro street in the world.”

Because of his efforts, and those of other rising civil rights activists such as Dr. King, commercial success came to Sweet Auburn and made it a great source of pride for Atlanta’s African-American community.

Aa racial tensions eased in Atlanta, the community of Sweet Auburn declined. But the historic district is preserved in the physical buildings of the community. In 1976 Sweet Auburn was designated a National Historic Landmark. The Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) formed to facilitate renewal and revitalization of the neighborhood.

If you’re looking for a slice of Atlanta’s history, you need look no further than the single-family homes available in Sweet Auburn. Since 1994, over 110 single-family homes have been rehabilitated and repurposed by the HDDC. The restoration work continues with the district’s commercial area. Let Janet Elliot help you find your forever home and a personal slice of history.

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