National Civil Right Museum | Memphis TN

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Tracing  the Civil Rights Movement from the 17th century to the present,  the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel  is a privately owned complex of museums and historic buildings built around the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Major components of the complex on 4.14 acres include a museum and the Lorraine Motel and hotel buildings. The complex also includes the Young and Morrow Building , which was the site where James Earl Ray initially confessed (and later recanted) to shooting King.

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The Lorraine Hotel (originally named the Windsor Hotel)) was built in 1925. During segregation it was an upscale accommodation that catered to a black clientele, one of only a few hotels to which African American travelers could enjoy overnight accommodations while traveling during this segregated period leading up to the late 1960s in America. Its guests included songwriters and musicians that worked nearby at to Stax Records,  including Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Aretha Franklin, Ethel Waters, Otis Redding, The Staple Singers and Wilson Pickett.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed at the Lorraine Motel numerous times.  He was a guest of the Lorraine when he came to Memphis in 1968 in support of striking sanitation workers. Following the assassination King, the hotel’s then current owner, Walter Bailey, left Room 306 (the room King was assassinated in front of) and the adjoining room 307 unoccupied as a memorial to King.

The museum just recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion. See here for additional details.

Photo Credits: National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel,  DavGreg (top), Stuart Seeger (middle)

CONTACT INFORMATION

National Civil Right Museum & Lorraine Motel
405 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN 38103 USA
Phone: 901-521-9699
Website: www.civilrightsmuseum.org

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National Civil Rights MuseumOctober 24th, 2014 at 9:45pm
Living legend Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, a long-standing Museum board member and 2011 Freedom Award Icon of the Civil Rights Movement Honoree, has decided to step down as pastor of the historic Monumental Baptist Church. We are indebted to his service to the Museum and the Memphis Civil Rights Movement.
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National Civil Rights MuseumOctober 24th, 2014 at 8:15pm
Today in 1935 marks the day renowned poet and playwright Langston Hughes’s play “Mulatto” debuted. It was the first long running black play
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National Civil Rights MuseumOctober 24th, 2014 at 5:06pm
6 DAYS LEFT to nominate a Shelby Co. 6-12th grader for the Keeper of the Dream Award. Deadline is Thurs., Oct 30 at noon! Download the form at http://bit.ly/1yztI1M
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National Civil Rights MuseumOctober 23rd, 2014 at 5:31pm
The National Urban League was founded today in 1911. The Urban League was instrumental in establishing equal rights & political power for African Americans. Its mission continues to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power & civil rights.
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National Civil Rights MuseumOctober 19th, 2014 at 4:40pm
Today in 1944, Black women were finally accepted into the naval reserves, serving as administrative officers. Women were trained in the WAVES program, established in 1942 during WWII.
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