Historic Homes of Civil Rights Leaders [Celebrating Black History Month]

Old houses, new houses, everyday houses, historic houses — we love ’em all!

Check out the five fascinating houses below that have cemented their place in history as part of the abolition and civil rights movements.

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Birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta, Georgia

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Iconic civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.  lived in this Queen Anne-style home from birth until 12 years old. The house was restored in 1975 and is now part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Daily tours are available but fill up quickly. View Housefax Report


Daisy Bates House, Little Rock, Arkansas

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Daisy Bates was a civil rights activist in the 1950s who advised the Little Rock Nine, a group of high school students who led desegregation of schools in 1957. Her ranch-style home became a command post for the group at the time. The home is closed to the public. View Housefax Report


Ida B. Wells-Barnett House, Chicago, Illinois

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Born into slavery, as an adult Ida B. Wells-Barnett became an educator, writer and advocate for civil rights and women’s rights, and was a founding member of the NAACP. She lived in this Renaissance-style home with her husband Ferdinand Lee Barnett, founder of Chicago’s first black newspaper. The home is now a private residence.


Frederick Douglass House, Washington, D.C.

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A slave whose freedom was eventually purchased by friends, Frederick Douglass became a statesman and abolitionist. He and his family moved to this Queen Anne brick house on Capitol Hill in 1871. Today the house serves as the Frederick Douglass Museum and Hall of Fame for Caring Americans. Tours available by reservation. View Housefax Report


John Brown Farm State Historic Site, North Elba, NY

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In 1849, abolitionist John Brown and his family moved to this simple farmhouse near Lake Placid in upstate New York. Although his work to end slavery took him elsewhere, he was later buried here. The property is a National Historic Landmark, open year-round, Wednesday through Saturday. View Housefax Report

Black History Month reminds us to recognize the many and varied contributions that African Americans have made over the years. From science, politics, business and world-changing inventions, to sports, the arts, and entertainment, there are so many accomplishments to celebrate!