The Coast / Midway

Historic Dorchester Academy & Museum

8787 E. Oglethorpe Hwy.
Midway, GA 31320

912-884-2347
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  • The Room where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed. Photo by Tammy Lee Bradley

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  • Students would exercise and play in the field. MLK played ball during his spare time while he was at Dorchester.

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  • Entrance to the Grounds of Dorchester Academy. Photo by Tammy Lee Bradley

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  • Inside the Museum. Photo by Tammy Lee Bradley

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  • MLK stayed at Dorchester Academy. He would often sit and read the Bible while he stayed here.

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Dorchester Academy was founded after the Civil War as a school for freed slaves. By 1917, the fully accredited high school had eight frame buildings and 300 students. This African American historic site hosted Dr. Martin Luther King's planning meetings for his 1963 march on Birmingham. Dorchester Academy is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Landmark in 2006.

Martin Luther King Jr. would come to Dorchester to relax, play baseball and rehearse his speeches before giving them during the civil rights movement. The Boys' Dormitory is still standing, and the room that MLK Jr. slept in is still in the same condition as when he last stepped foot in it. 

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Tuesday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Wednesday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Thursday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Friday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Saturday: 2:00PM - 4:00PM

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Guided Tours / Guide Available

    Parking on Site

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    95

    Special Tags

    Civil Rights

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • 2018 Liberty County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

    2018 Liberty County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

    01/15/2018 - 01/15/2018

    The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is the culmination of a week-long observance of the civil rights leader that attracts participants from the surrounding coastal counties. Each year, this parade highlights the sense of community in Liberty County and celebrate the footprints Dr. King made here when he, and other civil rights leaders, came and trained at the Historic Dorchester Academy. The Dorchester Academy served as the planning site for the historic Birmingham March. The parade... read more