Trump upgrades Martin Luther King birthplace to national historic park

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2017, which upgraded King’s birthplace from a national historic site to a national park.

The president signed the act on Air Force One shortly after touching down in Marietta, Georgia, ahead of the college football national championship game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Martin Luther King III, an American human rights advocate, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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Martin Luther King III, an American human rights advocate, speaks to the press after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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Martin Luther King III , an American human rights advocate, speaks to the press after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Martin Luther King III hugs Omarosa Manigault as he arrives at Trump Tower, January 16, 2017 in New York City. Trump will be inaugurated as the next U.S. President this coming Friday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump with Martin Luther King III, an American human rights advocate, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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Martin Luther King III (3rd from right) arrives at Trump Tower, January 16, 2017 in New York City. Trump will be inaugurated as the next U.S. President this coming Friday.

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Martin Luther King III gets on an elevator as he arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017. The eldest son of American civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. met with US President-elect Donald Trump on the national holiday observed in remembrance of his late father.

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Martin Luther King III (C), an American human rights advocate, meets with associates of the Trump administration in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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Martin Luther King III speaks to reporters after his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, January 16, 2017 in New York City. Trump will be inaugurated as the next U.S. President this coming Friday.

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President-elect Donald Trump and Martin Luther King III stand after shaking hands after their meeting at Trump Tower, January 16, 2017 in New York City. Trump will be inaugurated as the next U.S. President this coming Friday.

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“Through his life and work, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made America more just and free,” White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters on the plane. “This important historical park tells his story, and this bill will help ensure that the park continues to tell Dr. King’s story for generations to come.”

King’s birthplace, the church where he was baptized, and his burial place were already a national historic landmark. Now, the national park status extends to these places as well as the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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