The Coast / Midway

Historic Dorchester Academy & Museum

8787 E. Oglethorpe Hwy.
Midway, GA 31320

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  • The Room where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed. 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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  • 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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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


    Near Interstate Highway


    Special Tags

    Civil Rights

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages