Visitors traveled to Atlanta from around the country to celebrate the birthday and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr today (Jan. 15).
But some tourists were disappointed to find a chain link fence blocking their path to Dr. King’s birth home in downtown Atlanta.
“I didn’t know there would be a fence,” visitor Rayna Guy, of Sophia, West Virginia, told Atlanta News First.
“I thought I would at least get to go on the porch.”
The city erected a security fence around the historic site after a woman tried to burn the house down last month.
“It’s disappointing,” visitor Sauncha Guy told ANF. “But it’s also a reason to make another trip.”
Locals were just as surprised to see a fence around the house.
“To see it fenced off this year, it kind of puzzled me,” said Atlanta resident Marissa Simms.
“Atlanta, Georgia, stands on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and what he’s done for the African American community,” Simms added.
The fence didn’t stop people from paying homage to Dr. King’s legacy.
The home is undergoing multi-million dollar renovations that are expected to take 2 years to complete.
The fence will remain until the work is done.
Watch the video below.