South-View Cemetery was founded in 1886 by formerly enslaved African Americans who protested the treatment they received at Atlanta's segregated cemeteries. Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. and his wife Alberta Williams King are interred in a marble crypt at South-View. When their son Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, his body was temporarily interred at South-View before being relocated to the plaza at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
South-View Cemetery offers docent-led walking tours featuring the gravesites of notable African American leaders as well as lesser-known African Americans who were significant in Atlanta's history. Special group tours are available by reservation. The cemetery also offers a free self-guided cell phone walking/driving tour.