In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we here at Curbed HQ decided to blog all day. We also thought it appropriate to explore his birthplace, a two-story Queen Anne-style house in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood of Atlanta. The residence, with front and side porches, scroll-cut woodwork trim, and two porthole windows, was where King lived from his birth, in 1929, to 1941. But what about his fellow civil-rights leaders? We take a look at some benchmark houses in American history after the jump.
? This unassuming brick house in Rochester, N.Y., is where women's-rights champion Susan B. Anthony lived from 1866 to her death, in 1906. Although it's not her birthplace (she's a Massachusetts native), it was in the front parlor, in 1872, that the U.S. Deputy Marshal arrested her for voting. She was fined $100 but never paid it.
? Civil-rights leader W.E.B Du Bois was born in 1868 in Great Barrington, Mass.; after much controversy, his birthplace was memorialized in 2008 by the University of Massachusetts, who owns the land. Above: the Queens, N.Y., home where Du Bois and Shirley Graham wed in 1951 and then lived until they moved to Brooklyn. As of 2008, the NAACP was fighting to get it registered as a landmarked place.
? Shortly after her birth, a young Rosa Parks moved to her grandparents' 260-acre farm in Abbeville, Ala. In 1944, she returned to Henry County to as a representative of the NAACP to investigate rape charges brought on by a black woman.
? In March 1973, Harvey Milk and his partner, Scott Smith, moved into the second-floor apartment at 575 Castro Street in San Francisco and opened a camera shop on the ground floor. The building soon became the center of activity for an increasingly activist neighborhood; it's where Milk, the so-called "Mayor of Castro Street," developed into a local politician and pioneer for gay rights.
· Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site [National Park Service]
· Online Tours [Susan B. Anthony House]
· House where civil-rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois lived not landmarked [NYDN]
· Harvey Milk - 30 Years Later [The Castro]