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Five months after Coretta Scott King's death in January 2006, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s (right) personal papers went up for auction at Sotheby's in New York. Many waited with bated breath to see if the papers would end up at an institution or, in the worst-case scenario, in private hands inaccessible to public view. But fortunately for Atlanta, a group of the city's business and civic leaders purchased the lot, ensuring that these important Civil Rights records remain at home. The first local public exhibition of the papers, I HAVE A DREAM: THE MOREHOUSE COLLEGE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COLLECTION, opening Mon., JAN. 15, at the Atlanta History Center, allows viewers to see, among many other documents, King's early sermons, his Nobel Peace Prize lecture and the "I Have a Dream Speech" before they return to their permanent home at MLK Jr.'s alma mater, Morehouse College. Through May 13. Free-$15. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-5:30 p.m. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000. www.atlantahistorycenter.com.

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