Delta Airlines Gives $83K To Reopen King’s Birthplace Home, Park

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The King birth home on Auburn Avenue. Photo © Tray Butler.

ATLANTA, Ga. (WJZ) — Despite the partial government shutdown, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, thanks to an airline’s donation.

The Delta Air Lines Foundation has given the National Parks Service a grant to reopen the national park, located in Atlanta, from Saturday until February 3, in advance of the national holiday and days after the 90th anniversary of his birth.

The Crusader earlier reported that King’s birthplace home and Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached would be closed on King’s holiday because of the government shutdown. But Delta Airlines saved a King holiday destination that has become a tradition for thousands of visitors across the globe.

The $83,500 grant covers operations for 16 days, including clean up, administration, maintenance and operating costs of employees not covered under the fee collection funds.

“It is not possible to overstate our appreciation to The Delta Air Lines Foundation for ensuring the Martin Luther King, Jr. sites are accessible to the American people as we honor Dr. King on the 90th anniversary of his birth,” said Acting Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt. “This is yet another example of private organizations stepping up to ensure that our visitors from across the nation and around the world are able to have a meaningful experience at national parks.”

The NPS will open the doors of the park, which is 35 acres of park that includes sites associated with the life and legacy of the civil rights leader, including the home where he was born, Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as a co-pastor, Fire Station No. 6 and the park visitor center.

The NPS will open the doors of the park, which is 35 acres of park that includes sites associated with the life and legacy of the civil rights leader, including the home where he was born, Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as a co-pastor, Fire Station No. 6 and the park visitor center.

 

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