Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthplace and tomb is reopened after a new agreement over funding is reached between the U. S. Park Service and King’s family.
1995 (Mar 4)
An agreement between the family of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and the U.S. Park Service was reached. In 1994, the King family barred the agency from conducting free tours of the birthplace and tomb in opposition to the Park Service's plans to establish a visitor center across from the historic site, which is owned by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. The family had wanted to charge admission to the birthplace and tomb to contribute to the budget deficit for the museum. In the newly reached agreement, the Park Service would provide a federal fund to offset the deficit and would be allowed to continue to conduct free tours.