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National Park Service to Close Historic Birth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for Major Rehabilitative Work

November 17, 2023

The National Park Service (NPS) will temporarily close the historic birth home of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from November 27, 2023, through November 2025 to allow for rehabilitation work.

Built in 1895, the Queen-Anne style home has undergone renovations and repairs over the years. The NPS acquired the historic home in 2018 and began planning to upgrade and rehabilitate major systems. Project work will include:

  • Replacement and upgrades of the home’s mechanical systems to include electrical, HVAC, and fire suppression.
  • The addition of crawlspaces for access, limited window and door repairs, and replacement of deteriorated non-historic interior wall coverings.
  • Limited exterior siding, porch repairs, exterior painting, driveway regrading, foundation repointing, backyard fence replacement, and drainage improvements.

The museum collection normally housed in the historic home will be removed and stored off-site during the length of the project. While closed, interpretation and other visitor services will continue through partnerships with the King Center to include walking tours, special commemorations/events, and virtual programming.

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