Atlanta House Used in Filming of MLK Movie ‘Selma’ for Sale
By Melissa Allison
The home where Martin Luther King Jr. planned his historic Selma-to-Montgomery march is for sale — or at least, the movie version is.
For $ 499,000, you can buy the Craftsman bungalow in Atlanta that portrayed the “Jackson house” in the Oscar-nominated film “Selma.” The home has five bedrooms and three baths, plus an office with its own private entrance. A spacious master suite includes a claw-foot tub, and the home has a covered porch.
The home was staged for the movie, in which Kent Faulcon plays dentist and MLK friend Sullivan “Sully” Jackson and Niecy Nash plays his wife, Richie Jean Jackson.
The real Jackson house, of course, is in Selma, Alabama. The Jacksons’ daughter Jawana, who was 5 at the time of the march, has considered turning it into a museum, she told the Los Angeles Times in a story about her memories of the era.
King stayed in the house where she grew up — the one in Selma, not the movie version in Atlanta that’s on the market — while he was planning the march. He met with civil rights leaders Andrew Young, John Lewis and James Bevel in its breakfast nook and at its dining room table. He wrote sermons and had phone conversations with President Johnson in its bedrooms and, on March 15, 1965, he sat in its living room watching the president announce the drafting of the Voting Rights Act.