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A visit to Memphis brings you up close and personal with the Lorraine Motel, where in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr was shot on his balcony outside of room 306.
Martin Luther King Jr Day will never be the same for me again after visiting the National Civil Rights Museum, a thought-provoking museum built adjacent to the Lorraine.
Famous guests at the Lorraine included Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, B.B. King and Nat King Cole. The hotel was named by its owners, Walter and Loree Bailey who purchased it in 1942.
40 years later, a local nonprofit group saved the site from foreclosure for use as America’s first civil rights museum.
Plan on spending a good few hours to take in all the exhibits, as the museum covers the civil rights movement in the south all the way to conspiracy theories following the assassination (housed in a building across the road from the main entrance), as police began to piece together the events surrounding the murder as well as criminal suspects and witnesses to that horrific moment in American history.
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