ATLANTA (AP) — The historic Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached will reopen and ceremonies are planned for Friday to mark the occasion.
Two of King’s children, Bernice King and Martin Luther King III, will join Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in celebrating the reopening of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Heritage Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall, which closed in 2007 for a project to restore them to their 1960s appearance.
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The church, managed by the National Park Service, is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
King was born not far from Ebenezer and is buried across the street from the church. He co-pastored there with his father from 1960 until he was killed in 1968.
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