We stopped by the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN while on the road. The museum has everything wonderfully displayed. You can go inside the Lorraine Motel – the site where MLK, Jr. was assassinated. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it in time to go inside to see it. You can view the outside of the motel and his room (306) from the motel’s parking lot. The museum surprisingly had many artifacts from the assassination, including; the bullet that killed MLK, Jr., boxers, the bathroom window where the killer believed to have shot out of is still cracked how it was the day it happened, passports, clothing, autopsy report, and much more.
You can easily spend hours here because there is so much to read about. If you are ever in the area, definitely put this on your list as a must-see
Some insight information on the Civil Rights Museum & The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
At 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was hit by a sniper’s bullet. King had been standing on the balcony in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when, without warning, he was shot. The .30-caliber rifle bullet entered King’s right cheek, traveled through his neck, and finally stopped at his shoulder blade. King was immediately taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m.
EXPERIENCE: Housed in the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Exploring the Legacy adds 12,800 square feet of exhibition space and connects the main campus of the Museum to the Young and Morrow building and the Main Street Rooming House where James Earl Ray allegedly fired the fatal shot resulting in the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both buildings were donated to the Museum by the Hyde Family Foundation.
The National Civil Rights Museum houses permanent and temporary exhibits. It also hosts the annual Freedom Awards where it has honored the Dalai Lama, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Julius Erving, Al Gore, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, Bono, Bill Clinton and a host of others.
HISTORY: The Lorraine Motel remained open following Dr. King’s death until it was foreclosed in 1982. At that time the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation purchased the property and opened the doors of the museum in 1991.
INSIDERS TIP: The expansion also includes an overview of some of the world’s most crucial human rights movements and the achievements gained through the efforts and sacrifices of courageous individuals who stood by their convictions. Make sure to remember to check out the gift shop.
Here are some photos!