"The Lorraine Hotel + Civil Rights Museum Memphis" United States of America Things to Do Tip by margaretvn
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The Windsor hotel on the corner of Mulberry Street and Huling Ave in downtown Memphis actually opened in the 1920’s. In its early days the hotel was a typical Southern hotel only accessible to whites. In 1942 Walter and Loree Bailey bought the hotel and renamed it the Lorraine hotel. The Lorraine Hotel was one of the few hotels in Memphis open to black guests in the days of legal segregation. It was/is located within walking distance of Beale street, which the main street of the Memphis’ black community. This made it attractive to visiting celebrities - Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, and Aretha Franklin. stayed at the Lorraine. So the hotel played an important part in African-American history even before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was assasinated there in 1968. In was in March 1968 the Dr King was in Memphis to support the cities garbage collectors who were on strike and he had checked into the Lorraine. Their grievances included unfair working conditions (on rainy days, black workers had to return home without pay while paid white supervisors remained on the job) and poor pay (the highest-paid black worker could not hope to earn more than $70 a week). He led march which turned violent even though he had a policy of non-violence. On the 3rd of April he gave a speech in the Memphis Mason temple with the words “We’ve got some difficult days ahead….” The next night he was assasinated as he stood on the balcony outside room 306. A single assassin, James Earl Ray, was named in the official account. He fired a single shot from the top of floor of a rooming house that had windows overlooking the hotel. The Lorraine became an integral part of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1991, the Lorraine Hotel was converted into the National Civil Rights Museum.
Open:june-august: mon-wed-sat 9 - 6 and sunday1-6
sept-may: mon-wed-sat 9-5 and sunday 1-5
cost: 12 dollars
Address: 50 Mulberry St Memphis, TN 38103
Directions: few blocks south of Beale street.
At 450 Mulberry st
Phone: +1 901 521 9699
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