The Auburn Avenue Commercial District is internationally recognized as the birthplace of the civil rights movement. Landmark historic structures, including the 1914 Odd Fellows Building, Ebenezer Baptist Church, headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and both the birthplace and grave site of Martin Luther King, Jr. are at the heart of Atlanta’s African American history. Beginning in the early 1970’s, many businesses closed and residents moved away, and since then, revitalization efforts for Auburn Avenue have been attempted, but with limited success. The Georgia Trust placed Auburn Avenue on its 2006 Places in Peril list. (rebloged from gatrust)

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports today that the Sweet Auburn Historic District is also included on the The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s new list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

Take a look at the National Trust’s informative entry on the district here:

11 Most Endangered Historic Places: Sweet Auburn Historic District