Saving Auburn Avenue
Ricci DeForest, right, curator of the Madame C.J. Walker Museum, an original beauty shop opened in 1950 by agents of the hair care entrepreneur who is considered the first self-made female American millionaire, washes the hair of Arletta Brinson Friday, June 8, 2012, in Atlanta's Auburn Avenue district. Today Auburn Avenue is a shell of its former self, the bustling mix of banks, night clubs, churches, meat markets and funeral homes long gone, replaced with crumbling facades and cracked sidewalks. Hundreds of thousands of people still flock to Auburn Avenue to see King's birth home, the church where he preached and the crypt where he and his wife, Coretta, are buried. But tourists have little reason to linger. While King's legacy has been preserved, Auburn Avenue's business community has never recovered from the exodus of the black community that supported it. This week, the area was placed on the National Register of Historic Places' 11 Most Endangered list for the second time since 1992 in hopes of spurring preservation-oriented development. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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