Type Walk: Historic Auburn Avenue

  • May 4, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Eternal Flame at Martin Luther King, Jr. Center

    449 Auburn Avenue Northeast
    Atlanta, Georgia 30312
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This Jane’s Walk, taking place on Historic Auburn Avenue, focuses on themes of art, architecture, history, and culture.

Discover the typographic and symbolic richness of one of Atlanta's most historically and culturally rich streetscapes. Learn more about the glorious heritage and fascinating memory of Atlanta's Beloved Community through a fresh perspective as we study building names, street signs, wayfinding plaques, murals, ghost signs and architectural details. 

During the 1920s, Auburn Avenue was the commercial center of Black Atlanta. Fortune Magazine named it "The richest Negro street in America" in 1956. On this street John Wesley Dobbs, the "Mayor" of Sweet Auburn, conducted his business guiding the groundwork for causes of Black suffrage and equality. The helm of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Auburn Avenue and preached on the street, which is now home to The King Center, founded by Coretta Scott King.


The Details

  • Distance of Walk: 1 mile
  • Getting There: We’ll meet by the Eternal Flame directly across from the MLK, Jr. and Coretta Scott King crypt in the reflecting pool at Martin Luther King, Jr. Center.
  • There is free parking at the MLK, Jr. National Historic Visitor Center parking lot which is across the street from the meeting spot and accessed via 140 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
  • Accessibility: This walk is covers paved terrain, and it is wheelchair accessible.
  • What to wear and bring: Wear comfortable shoes, and bring a bottle of water. Consider sunscreen.


About Jane's Walk

Jane’s Walk is an annual global festival honoring the legacy of urbanist, activist, and writer Jane Jacobs with free, citizen-led walking tours through the neighborhoods that lend so much character to our cities.

The festival promotes civic engagement and encourages leaders and participants to share stories about their communities and use walking as a means of connecting with their neighbors.


About the Leader of This Walk

Type aficionado and Atlanta lover Sue Youngblood boasts having relatives continuously in Atlanta since before the Civil War, except for a brief period when Sherman was throwing matches.

With a professional background in experiential graphic design plus two decades of teaching typography and design classes, Sue shares a wealth of typographic knowledge and Atlanta history.


Cancellation Policy

MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if the minimum enrollment requirements are not met.

If you need to cancel your plans for any reason, we kindly request that you notify us 48 hours prior to the event start.

By doing so, we can release your seat to another individual interested in joining us for this Jane’s Walk!


Any Questions?

Email Mary, MODA's Programs Manager, at maryk@museumofdesign.org.

Date & Time

Sat, May 4, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Venue Details

Eternal Flame at Martin Luther King, Jr. Center

449 Auburn Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30312 Eternal Flame at Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
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