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Atlanta, Footsteps of Peace

Students await entry at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home on Auburn St. in Atlanta

Students await entry at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home on Auburn St. in Atlanta. All photos by Laurie Borman.

Atlanta, Ga.—Two Nobel Peace Prize winners found inspiration in Atlanta. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born, rose to prominence, and buried here, leaves a legacy well worth following. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter still resides here a few days each month while he works in the Carter Center and Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. Trace their footsteps and find a sense of peace in Atlanta.

At the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, park rangers tour his boyhood home and tell of a mischievious boy who avoided piano lessons and stole his sister’s dolls to use their heads for baseball. Dr. King and his wife, Coretta King, are buried at the King Center, just down the street from the home. Learn more about King’s life at the visitors’ center or just stop to smell the roses at the International Peace Rose Garden in front.

Fishing at the Sharon Kaye Brooks Memorial Lake on the grounds of the Carter Presidential Center

Fishing at the Sharon Kaye Brooks Memorial Lake on the grounds of the Carter Presidential Center.

Open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., the gardens of the Carter Center are free to the public. A picturesque spot: fishing by the Japanese Garden, where a waterfall splashes. Paved paths lead past a sculpture dedicated to Carter for his work on eradicating river blindness disease, caused by a parasitic worm found in tropical rivers. The adjacent Jimmy Carter Museum is closing soon for a complete update, but will reopen in October this year.

President and Mrs. Carter can be spotted weekly at booth 8 in Manuel’s Tavern near the Carter Center. Established in 1956, the pub regularly hosts local Democrats, as evidenced by photos covering the walls. Try the Manuel’s hamburger for $5.95, or Jimmy’s favorite: fried chicken salad for $8.95. Maybe not peaceful, but it is heavenly.— Laurie D. Borman

The cavernous Manuel’s Tavern features 27 beers on tap and dozens of local and import beers.  Hamburgers with fries are just $5.95.

The cavernous Manuel’s Tavern features 27 beers on tap and dozens of local and import beers. Hamburgers with fries are just $5.95.