Those hoping to visit Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home and longtime church to celebrate his national holiday next Monday will be unable to do so if the ongoing partial government shutdown is not resolved soon.
Government-funded parks, museums and landmarks nationwide have been shuttered as the White House and congressional Democrats came to an impasse over border wall funding Dec. 22, leading to the longest-lasting partial shutdown in history. Among the affected sites are major parts of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, at a time when visitation is at its peak, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The doors of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. practiced his preaching on nonviolent resistance, and of his childhood home on Auburn Avenue, will be closed until further notice, much to the dismay of those hoping to celebrate King’s legacy at his historic sites on Jan. 21.
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