About Sweet Auburn
The name of this neighborhood refers to Auburn Avenue, which is the main artery of the area. A thriving center of black enterprise from the 1890s through the 1940s, this section east of Downtown is well-known for being the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the place where the Southern Christian Leadership Conference began. Now, artists have adopted the area as a place to work and live. Be sure to visit the African-American Panoramic Experience (APEX) Museum.