The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is shutting down in the wake of the coronavirus scare.
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King National Historical Park closing buildings amid coronavirus shutdowns

The thousands of visitors who usually stream through the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta will still have the run of the grounds. 

But don’t think about going inside any of the historical buildings that helped shape the civil rights leader. 

On Wednesday, the park announced that all of the buildings within the park will remain closed until further notice as Americans are told to avoid crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The shuttered buildings includes the Visitor Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fire Station #6, the Birth Home, and the Eastern National Bookstore. 

“The outdoor spaces in the park will remain open and visitors are free to walk around the park, take pictures of the outside of the buildings and read informational signs that are throughout the park,” the National Park Service said in a statement. 

01/09/2020 — Atlanta, Georgia — The Yolanda King Theater for the Performing Arts at the King Center in Atlanta’s Historic Sweet Auburn District, Thursday, January 9, 2020. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
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The decision coincides with an announcement from Bernice King, CEO of the King Center, that the bookstore and Freedom Hall will close and all King Center events through April 15 are postponed. 

All of the King Center’s staff will work remotely until at least April 2, two days before the anniversary of King’s death.

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