Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407 Auburn Avenue NE was the church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached his messages of non-violence. Near the King Memorial MARTA station on the blue/green rail line, the church remains active today. There are several options for getting there on transit:
It is about a 10-minute walk to the church from the King Memorial MARTA station. At street level, cross over Decatur Street (which is in front of the station) at the stoplight and turn right on Decatur and walk about a half block to William Holmes Borders Senior Drive and turn left. Walk past a small park to Auburn Avenue and turn right to reach the church, which is a short block away.
Bus 3 has a weekday stop near the church. Board the bus at the Five Points or Candler Park station. Five Points is a much shorter commute. Bus 99 is another option, which connects with the Georgia State and King Memorial MARTA stations.
Ebenezer Baptist Church is just off the Atlanta Streetcar as well, which will open later this year and connect with the Peachtree MARTA station. It is located just as the route turns at the far east end of the route. There is a stop for the King Center.
- Surrounding the church is the King Memorial Historic Site, which includes a museum, library, childhood home of MLK and his resting place.
- There are several restaurants on Edgewood Avenue, one block away. Auburn Avenue doesn’t have many food options.
- Bus 3 on weekdays also goes to the Carter Center and the Inman Park Village, if you want to hop on the bus after visiting the church in the morning and hit another attraction and grab lunch. The bus is $2.50 cash or use your Breeze Card. You can walk back to MARTA rail via the Inman Park station.
- If traveling on the streetcar, you can also exit next to Centennial Park for sightseeing, which includes easy access to SkyView, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Imagine It! Children’s Museum and the CNN Center.