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We needed something positive that you could see, walk in there and see, and you can almost feel it as you walk in the door.

- Theresa Burroughs


Safe House Black History Museum

This small, shotgun-style home was owned by the Burroughs, a family of Civil Rights activists. They opened it up as a refuge for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in March 1968 when an angry mob of Ku Klux Klan members attempted to murder him after a speech in Greensboro, Alabama. Just two weeks later, Dr. King would be assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

Today the house operates as a museum, documenting the struggle for equality at the local level through artifacts, photographs and living history; its director, Ms. Theresa Burroughs, is part of the original family who shielded Dr. King 50 years ago.

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Safehouse Black History Museum

Martin Luther King Drive, Greensboro, AL, USA
(334) 624-2030

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Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking to people as they leave Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama

courtesy Alabama Department of Archives and History