National Geographic : 1991 Aug
CLARK MOORE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE When the bell signals the end of day at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Chasidy Moore skips across the street to park headquarters, where her dad, Clark, is chief ranger. The park, a 23-acre area of Atlanta where Martin Luther King, Jr., grew up, is a living, breathing neighborhood as well as a historic site. Children play tag on the playground down the street from the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the civil-rights leader preached. Elderly folks sit on their front porches and take note of tourists who enter the house at 501 Auburn Avenue, King's birthplace. The house is a simple two-story wood structure. In the dining room, Moore will tell you, Daddy King made each child recite Bible verses and discuss world events when the family gathered for meals. Afather himself, Moore finds a les son: "As the child grows, so grows the man." King's grave is just down the street. "Free at last," the letters on the tomb say. "Free at last. Thank God almighty. I'm free at last."