Woman tries to set fire to Martin Luther King Jr. birthplace in Atlanta, police say

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By journalsofus.com


Authorities said a 26-year-old woman was arrested on allegations she tried to set fire to the Atlanta Birthplace of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

According to a statement from Atlanta police, around 5:45 p.m., the suspect poured gasoline on the property, located at 501 Auburn Ave., but was prevented from continuing by several witnesses.

Responding officers detained the woman at the scene, police said. She is being held on suspicion of attempted criminal arson and second-degree interference with government property.

His name was not released. No further details about the incident were immediately provided.

The house was acquired for conservation by the National Park Service of the King family in 2018, and had been open to the public until last month, when it was closed for an “extensive renovation project” that is not expected to be completed until November 2025.

In a statement Tuesday night, the King Center wrote that “an individual attempted to set fire to this historic property. Fortunately, the attempt was unsuccessful, thanks to the brave intervention of good Samaritans and the quick response of the authorities.”

FILE – People line up to tour the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 27, 2019.

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