By John McDevitt

CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) — A house in Camden that was once the residence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one step closer to becoming a national historic landmark.

The non-profit Cooper’s Ferry Partnership has agreed to rehab 752 Walnut Street in Camden, the former home of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1950’s. Work could start in the next couple weeks, this could pave the way for the house to become a national historic landmark.

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Patrick Duff is a civil rights activist and armature historian and said the next steps require a team effort.

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“On the 27th is the Historical Commission meeting in Camden, so I’ll be presenting and hopefully we’ll get the approval from Camden City to put it on their historic registry and then that would be one step closer to having it put on the New Jersey historic registry, which gets us to the next step, which is the national historic registry.”

Duff has been involved in an effort to preserve and get the house designated as a historic landmark for about two years after discovering Dr. kings address on a document while working on another project.

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Martin Luther King Jr. and his party was chased out of Mary’s Place in Maple Shade by the barkeeper who armed with a gun. 752 was listed on an incident report.