History, Visiting National Historical Sites in Atlanta, Georgia

The Historical Fire Station No. 6 built-in 1894 was used by the AFD, Atlanta Fire Department, until it closed in 1991. Inside you will find a 1927 LaFrance fire engine on display. This building is located down the street from where Martin Luther King  Jr  was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929.

In 1980 the National Historic Site was established to preserve the places where Martin Luther King Jr was born, lived, worked, worshiped and the final resting place of Dr. King, Jr. This past week I visited The King Center, Freedom Hall and saw Dr. and Mrs. King’s Tomb. I registered for the tour to see the house where he was born. Although photographs are not allowed inside the home, I left with visual images and learned a lot about this period of history.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, August 14, 2013

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August 14, 2013 · 9:28 pm

18 responses to “History, Visiting National Historical Sites in Atlanta, Georgia

  1. Pingback: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 20, 2014 « Mary Gilmartin

  2. Interesting article, fine pictures. I like it 🙂

  3. Lovely tour. Thank You. My favorite photo is fire engine – awesome.

  4. Amy

    Thank you for the wonderful tour! Love to visit MLK’s Historic Site someday.

  5. Fabulous fire engine – my maternal grandfather and great grandfather were both firemen – a machine like this would have been very familiar to them both.

    • Yes, this fire engine is a great machine serving its purpose and I’m sure you are proud of your grandfathers for the service they provided. Did they use a telegraph, before modern days, like the one described on the plate where they counted the holes punched in the tape for the location of the fire?

      • A good question – I don’t know. It is hard to imagine how fires were notified before the days of telephones. What I do remember even in the 1950s (and probably 1960s) was that firemen were summoned to the station by wailing sirens – exactly the same ones used for air raids during WW II…even to a post war child they were an ominous sound.

  6. Reblogged this on mybrandofgenius and commented:
    Great post showing some very pertinent GA History by the Atlanta author of “Adventures with Easton”, Mary Gilmartin

  7. I love history, as my book suggests, and I was noticing your pic of MLKs home. It is a fun note that none of these houses in his neighborhood had paint on them in the 1950s because the black people feared offending the poor whites who could not afford to paint their homes. Now, as landmarks, they are highly decorated. Thank you for sharing. The firehouse reminds me of the famous one in Chicago.

    • Thanks for commenting. Interesting note of something I had never heard about and the firehouse with the fire engine on display is worth the visit. History is something everyone should study. I’ll check you site and explore your book.

      • If you are interested in the book, hold off on it until I give the green light. I am finishing up a final proof before it goes to the publisher today. I had a copy editor go over some flow problems I had with the first chapter and did more line editing in preparation for the upcoming paperback. I will post when the re-publish is complete. (Never thought I would say, “Don’t buy my book.”) It will be ready soon.

  8. Interesting. All of them are well reserved. It’s a good place.

  9. Really nice photos of this historic site!

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