EPIC FAIL: The historic Sweet Auburn district and Malcolm X’s boyhood home have made the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. At its height, the Sweet Auburn district was the center of the Civil Rights movement but steadily declined in the 1980s. There has been some development on Auburn Avenue in recent years, but many commercial spaces have remained largely untouched.
The Sweet Auburn District is the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the area flourished as a mecca for blacks in the segregated South.
The boyhood home of Malcolm X has also made the list. The Malcolm X-Ella Little-Collins House in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, which dates to 1874, has deteriorated due to water leaks.
Additional sites on the endangered list includes boxer Joe Frazier’s gym in Philadelphia, historic U.S. Post Office buildings across the country, the Village of Zoar in Ohio and the Ellis Island Hospital Complex in New York.