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Photos:  Salazar Celebrates Reopening of Heritage Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church


April 18, 2011

ATLANTA — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar joined Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Dr. Christine King Farris, Dr. King’s sister; Martin Luther King, III and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis to celebrate the completed restoration of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Heritage Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.


  • Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and  Dr. Christine King Farris lay down a wreath by the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before commemorating the renovation of nearby Ebenezer Baptist Church's Heritage Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • The Secretary, along with National Park Service officials and members of the late minister's family, pay respects to the memory of Dr. King. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Dr. Farris, Secretary Salazar, and Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, begin to walk towards Ebenezer Baptist Church. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Dr. Farris, Secretary Salazar, and Dr. King gather in front of Ebenezer Baptist Church after the wreath-laying ceremony. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Martin Luther King III, son of the late Dr. King, watches as the Secretary and Dr. Farris take in the new renovations at the Church. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Dr. Farris receives a honorary Park Ranger Award for her work to preserve the legacy of her brother at the National Historic Site. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Preservation District was established by Congress on October 10, 1980. It consists of more than 38 acres (13 federally owned) near downtown Atlanta. It includes 67 historic buildings, most built between 1890 and 1910. The preservation district surrounding the site includes nearly 230 historic structures. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Dr. Bernice King, Secretary Salazar, Dr. Farris, Dr. Martin Luther King, III, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and Martin Luther King National Historic Site supervisor Judy Forte pose for a picture at the head of the newly renovated Heritage Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Dr. King addresses the attendants at the commemoration ceremony. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • Secretary Salazar addresses the crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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  • “The legacy of Dr. King as leader of the civil rights movement had its spiritual roots at Ebenezer Baptist Church,” Salazar said. “Today, we have completed a restoration that returns Heritage Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall to the way they were in the 1960s, when Dr. King and his followers stirred the conscience of a nation and played an integral role in bending the arc of history toward justice and freedom.” Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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