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MLK birthplace declared a national historic park

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This week, Donald Trump signed a bill changing the historic birthplace of slain Civil Rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from a historic site to a historic national park.

Located in the Sweet Alburn district of Atlanta, the landmark consists of King’s birthplace, the church in which he was baptized and a member, as well as he and his wife’s memorial site.

Now, the bill introduced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), the new measure expands the area to include the Prince Hall Masonic Temple. The masonic lodge served as the headquarters for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and is the place where the Civil Rights movement formed.

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