National Civil Right Museum | Memphis TN

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.


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.


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)


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



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The book We Shall Not Be Moved features a detailed account of the Jackson, MS Woolworth Sit-Ins. Civil rights activist Julian Bond said about the book, "(M. J.) O'Brien shows the human weaknesses common to us all, analyzing the emotions and maneuvering that characterized some of civil rights history. Readers will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at an important event in movement history.” Join the discussion of O’Brien’s book and the documentary “An Ordinary Hero” at the Museum Thurs., Jan. 29, @ 6pm.
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Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, on her first trip to Mississippi in 1961, wound up on Death Row because she was a Freedom Rider and spent over two months in Parchman Penitentiary. As a 19-year old Duke University student, Mulholland gave up everything to fight for freedom and equality. Learn her story during the Museum’s film and book event Thurs., Jan. 29, at 6:00pm featuring excerpts from the documentary “An Ordinary Hero” and the book We Shall Not Be Moved by M. J. O’Brien.
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"Ask An NEH Expert!" – An NEH Google+ Hangout for National History Day on Exhibits, Mon., Jan. 26, 6:00-7:00pm. Join Barbara Andrews, Director of Education and Interpretation, during a Google+ Hangout live video conference where students can directly connect with the Museum as a resource for National History Day (NHD) projects and can tweet their questions. To register, students and educators can sign up at The video conference is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
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