Philadelphia Man Seeks to Save House Where Martin Luther King Jr. Stayed

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From time to time, while visiting her father-in-law, the newlywed and the young seminary student would chat in passing.

The encounters were brief, but courteous.

“Hi.”

“How are you?”

That kind of thing.

Had Jeanette Lilly Hunt known what Martin Luther King Jr. would become, she might have said a little more.

“It’s just fascinating to know that he was in our house and I walked right past him in the same hallway or out front,” said Hunt.

Now, more than 60 years later, Hunt is, in her own way, continuing the conversation, giving her blessing to a man on a mission to restore and shine a light on the little-known Camden row house where King lived during his days at the now-closed Crozer Theological Seminary, in nearby Upland, Pa., in the late 1940s, early 1950s.

Patrick Duff of Moorestown, N.J. is leading the charge to transform the Walnut Street property into a headquarters for civil rights information and activism.

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Source: NBC Philadelphia

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