February 10, 2015
A Moorestown, N.J. man is looking to transform a Camden property into a headquarters for civil rights information and activism after discovering it was once home to Martin Luther King Jr.
Patrick Duff learned of the house — 753 Walnut St. — from a criminal complaint King filed against a Maple Shade bartender after being refused service in 1950.
Duff then tracked down Jeanette Lilly Hunt, whose family owns the property. She confirmed that King had in fact lived there.
"To know the history that Martin Luther King actually lived here, studied here, and one of the greatest civil rights leaders in the world was formulated partially in this house, it bears the credence that if it’s not important, what is?" Duff told Newsworks.
Duff said there is a lot more research and work to be done, but he is hopeful the project will come together.