U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-1) today welcomed civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) to Camden for discussions on gun violence and designating a city property linked to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an historic landmark.
According to Norcross’ Office, the Congressmen first visited a property at 753 Walnut Street in Camden, which local historians identified as a former home to Dr. King while he studied at the former Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland, Pennsylvania in the 1950s.
“The history of the civil rights movement has roots right here in South Jersey. Dr. King’s revolutionary ideas on social justice and nonviolent activism remain both an inspiration and a challenge for our country today. This house stands as a link to Dr. King’s life and legacy, and preserving it will affirm his rightful place in Camden’s history, and our country’s history,” said Norcross.
“The work Dr. King started decades ago is still unfinished. This property, which stands now as a simple row home, can serve as a touchstone for generations to come as they learn about Dr. King and his deeds to make our country stronger and more inclusive,” the legendary Lewis said.