Black History Month: Explore historic Auburn Avenue through WSB-TV’s archives

Many Georgians know Auburn Avenue as the address of the King Center and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home, but it stretches well beyond the National Historic Sites.

“I think when people come to Sweet Auburn, they know it’s special,” said Chenee Joseph, executive director of the Historic District Development Center. “We’ve done a great job of putting some nuggets here, but I don’t think our story has been told cohesively.”

Content Continues Below

The area is described as a corridor of African American wealth and influence that emerged in the midst of segregation.

The nonprofit is currently working with the street’s stakeholders on an 80,000 square-foot mixed-use redevelopment project that includes elements of sustainability, housing and the arts.

“We want this to be an example of what equitable development is, not just for this one block, but hopefully something that can be replicated throughout the corridor,” Joseph said.

February 9, 2020

Watch the video above and travel back in time to explore the story of Sweet Auburn.