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Monday, March 7, 2011 - 5:08am

Papers Of Civil Rights Icon Young Open To Public

Updated: 6 years ago.
Young is making numerous personal documents, letters and photographs from the civil rights era and his time as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations open to the public. (Image courtesy

The personal papers of civil rights icon Andrew Young at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History are now open to the public.

The collection was unveiled Sunday with documents, letters, photographs and other items that Young gathered during his time as one of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s closest aides, Atlanta mayor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Young was with King when he was killed in Memphis in 1968.

The library is near Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where King preached for years.