The childhood of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been in the King family since 1909. The home was purchased by Dr. King’s grandfather on his mother’s side, Rev. Adam Daniel Williams, who was also the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Now his Atlanta, Georgia home has been sold to the federal government.
CBS46 reports, “CBS46 learned Wednesday the Federal Government purchased the historic site. The King Center would not confirm the price of the sale, but sources tell us the home sold for $1.9 million.”
According to Atlanta Black Star, Dan Moore of African-American Panoramic Experience said he the federal government owning the King home is a positive, “When you look at preservation, it’s much better in the hands of the National Park Service, who has the funds to preserve it/ The National Park Service has a long record of preservation, and of course this is their first national park for a Black individual, so we have to maintain all of the things we can as long as we can.”
In 1980, Congress declared the King home, which is where the civil rights icon was born on on Jan. 15, 1929, National Historic Site in 1980. The site also reports, “In 1982, the National Park Service began offering tours of the home on behalf of the King Center. Since then, the Park Service has been maintaining the home for more than 30 years.”
No one from the King family has commented on the sale but reportedly more details will be revealed after January 21, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.