Sweet Auburn District
Historic African American neighborhood and birthplace of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., Sweet Auburn is a fabulous and historically rich destination for educational student groups of all ages.
The area was first developed in the mid-late 19th century and was first occupied by Union soldiers under the name Shermantown. Later, it grew because of its close proximity to the burgeoning railroad industry. The district of Sweet Auburn knew rough times, especially in the decades after the Civil War and those leading up to the peak of the Civil Rights movement. Through all of its pain, sorrow, and tribulations, the spirit of Sweet Auburn and its residents has lived on.
Today, many of the must-see historic attractions are located in Sweet Auburn, making it the perfect site for a walking tour. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site is located here in several separate locations along with Big Bethel AME Church, a historic religious structure still in operation, as well as the APEX Museum and others. As for culture, the district is alight with personality and flair. Every year you'll find exciting festivals like Auburn SpringFest and the Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival as well as weekly community-wide attractions such as the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.