National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee

National Civil Rights Museum in memphis, Tennessee. 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination at the Lorraine Motel. 

April 4, 2018.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The Motel is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum, a Smithsonian Museum affiliate.

I visited the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel over Labor Day Weekend 2017. The picture I took above shows how they've been preparing visitors for observation of today's 50th anniversary. 

I highly recommend spending an afternoon at the National Civil Rights Museum if you're visiting Memphis. My friend and I spend over 3 hours walking through the museum and reading about the history of civil rights in the United States. Presented chronologically, the museum's content begins with the slave trade and ends with Martin Luther King Jr's assassination. The final exhibit of the museum is a recreation of the Motel room MLK Jr. stayed in the night before he was murdered on the balcony of the motel. 

I've never been as engrossed in a museum as I was in the National Civil Rights Museum.

 

There is a lot of fun to be had in Memphis.

 

Stuff your face with BBQ.

 

Dance your ass off on Beale street.

 

Listen to musicians singing the Blues.

 

But don't skip the National Civil Rights Museum. 

 

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The legacy.

 

An expansion of the National Civil Rights Museum. 

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"I may not get there with you, but I want you to know that we as a people

will get to the

promised land."

- Martin Luther King Jr.