Elsewhere in the United States

Besides the cities described in detail in this section, there are many other places in America with memories of Martin Luther King. In NEW YORK, for example, you can visit the location in Harlem where he was wounded in a knife attack in 1958. Fortunately, he survived the attack and returned to the city on several occasions. During one of these visits, King gave a speech at New York University, where they now organize a Martin Luther King Week every February. At another location in New York, the Riverside Church, King called for peace in Vietnam.

A little to the north of New York, the trail of Martin Luther King leads to the small town of SIMSBURY, in Connecticut, where he worked on a tobacco plantation in the summers of 1944 and 1947 to earn money for college. The time King spent in the north of the US had a strong impact on his views on racial segregation. King’s memory is kept alive in Simsbury by a group of young people who are planning to erect a monument to honor his achievements in promoting civil rights.

In PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, King can be seen on a number of striking murals and, on Martin Luther King Day, there are always events in honor of King at the African American Museum. King studied at the Crozer Theological Seminary near Philadelphia, but that is not open to visitors following in King’s footsteps.

Still on the East Coast, King also studied at the university in BOSTON, Massachusetts.

A very surprising spot that King visited – as a tourist! – is the island of Bimini in the BAHAMAS, just outside the United States. Ansil Saunders, who was King’s guide at the time, still shows tourists around, stopping at various King locations, including a bust in the middle of a mangrove forest, where King found inspiration for the speech he made when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.