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The Martin Luther King neighborhood is a division inside the Historic Waverly Neighborhood known as Lower Waverly. This area is well known for plain architecture, though facilities such as Woodrow Memorial Presbyterian Church (now Bishops’ Memorial A.M.E. Church) boast much more ornamental construction.
The Historic Waverly Neighborhood was one of the first suburbs of Columbia, South Carolina. The area is served by both Benedict College and Allen University. Allen University was established by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1881 and its first facility was constructed in Waverly in 1888. In 1908 the are was classified as the largest suburb in Columbia, South Carolina. Common occupations in the Waverly community included railroad workers, bricklayers, dressmakers and carpenters. It was not until much later in the twentieth century that the neighborhood encompassed more blue-collar jobs, including teachers, nurses and physicians. The Martin Luther King neighborhood is critical to the history of this area, as it was home to several residents who would become civil rights activists.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park sits in this neighborhood and offers a community center. The community center has a gymnasium, playground, baseball diamond and water fountain. The park also has plenty of open space. The park hosts a farmers’ market through much of the growing season and families love to take their children. The farmers market offers fruit, vegetables and a variety of plants. The park offers plenty of activity opportunities for families including swings and other playground equipment, ensuring that every child has an opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities.