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Explore Interactive Storymap of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Visits to Cuyahoga County

by Devyn Giannetti , Communications Specialist, Communications Department
Martin Luther King Jr. with a group of people

Please click the image above to view the interactive map.


Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States. Dr. King is remembered for his non-violent protests against segregation and his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Dr. King made frequent trips to Cuyahoga County and Cleveland from 1956 through 1967 during his career as a civil-rights leader, raised funds for organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, urged voter registration and participation, and bolstered the local nonviolent civil-rights movement.

You can use this interactive map to follow Dr. King’s trips through the County, view photos, watch videos and hear audio from speeches he made while visiting. We hope this map is a resource that can accompany other existing forms of information and hope the public can contribute. We know this is just a small portion of the media that exists, and if you would like to contribute information or other supporting materials, please email communications@cuyahogacounty.us.

Special thanks to the community partners who helped make the culmination of this map possible, including but not limited to Case Western University, the Cleveland Memory Project, Cleveland Public Library the Plain Dealer photo archives, the Western Reserve Historical Society, WEWS and Cleveland Scene.