Five Things to Do in Atlanta for the Remainder of Black History Month
As homeschoolers, we study Black History throughout the year. It’s not a one month focus for us, but it’s nice to put more emphasis on Black History for the month of February. I’m grateful we live in Atlanta, a city with such a rich legacy and history of the civil rights movement that includes living legends like John Lewis who frequently visits our neighborhood. There is so much to see and do, but I’m going to share some FREE and low cost things to do before the month is up!
- The King Center – The King Center located at 449 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 is open daily from 9am-5pm. It was recently closed during the Government Shutdown, but now it’s back open and in operation! You will have the opportunity to learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life, message, and how his legacy lives on in his death. Wear your walking shoes! There is a lot to see and do, and multiple buildings along Auburn Ave to check out. If you want tickets to see Dr. King’s home, arrive early! They are given out on a first come, first serve basis.
2. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights: Civil Rights Museum – The Center for Civil and Human Rights is located at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd in downtown Atlanta between the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. For the month of February, thanks to The Coca-Cola Foundation, the museum is FREE. We visited a few weeks ago, and it was a great experience! There is so much information to take in on not only civil rights, but human rights encouraging equality for all.
3. Apex Museum – The Apex Museum is located at 135 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. It is not free, but very low cost and affordable at $7 per ticket for adults and $5 for students, military, and senior citizens. The exhibits cover present history from an African American perspective and include Black Women in STEM, Sweet Auburn History, The Georgia Negro, and Africa The Untold Story Timeline.
4. The Shrine of The Black Madonna Cultural Center – The Shrine of The Black Madonna Cultural Center is located at 946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310. I may be partial to this center because it’s located in my neighborhood, the Historic West End, but it’s an amazing FREE gem! The bookstore has hundreds of titles by black authors, gifts, amazing art on exhibit and for purchase, as well as a room dedicated to the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The center is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon-7pm and on Sunday’s from 1-3pm.
5. The Herndon Home Museum – The Herndon Home Museum is located on the Morris Brown Campus at 587 University Place, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30314. They are open for tours on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s from 10am-4pm and groups of 15 or more can be scheduled for any day of the week except for Sunday. The Herndon’s were one of the most prominent black families in Atlanta history. Alonzo Herndon was the founder and president of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, one of the most successful black owned insurance businesses in the nation. At the time of his death in 1927, he was Atlanta’s wealthiest black citizen. He was born into slavery and became an extremely successful entrepreneur. The Herndon Home Museum is a must visit! Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.
Be sure to check out these museums and landmarks before the month is over! What have you done this Black History Month?