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"An American Hero's Legacy: Human Rights" Top 5 Page for this destination Tennessee Things to Do Tip by deecat

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  Lorraine Motel: Civil Rights Museum
by deecat

About half of all Memphians are black, and so Memphis shares a large part in the civil right's movement.

The National Civil Rights Museum is in Memphis and located in the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Here, you are able to see the balcony where he was assassinated, but more importantly, you're able to learn about the key events in the civil rights movement of the United States .

King was in Memphis in April of 1968 to support striking sanitation workers. He stayed at the Lorraine Motel, and on April 4, as he stood on the motel's second floor balcony, James Earl Ray (a prisoner who has escaped from a Missouri prison) fired a shot from a rear window of a building on East Main Street which hit Martin Luther King Jr, killing him.

Room 306, King's room that day, is part of the Museum (left just as it was). The museum is built around the motel, and this museum has exhibits that follow African American's struggle from 1619 when they were brought from Africa to be slaves.

I found those exhibitions quite realistic--the Montgomery bus boycott, the Greensboro sit-ins, the Birmingham demonstrations, and the desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School

I grew up at this time, and after seeing this powerful historical presentation, I walked away with a new realization: All those who participated in these events are the real heroes!

Address: 450 Mulberry Street off Main Street, Memphis
Phone: 901-521-9699

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  • Updated May 29, 2005
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