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 MuseumFebruary 27th, 2015 at 11:04pm
The Lion King cast: "We (as a people) are infinitely creative." Support black performing artists. Help before it's time to buy tickets. By then it may be to late. Encourage arts in education.
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National Civil Rights MuseumFebruary 27th, 2015 at 9:05pm
Meet the Cast of the award-winning play The Lion King at the Museum at 4:00 today to learn about the history of African Americans in musical theatre. Join the Q&A and a have a chance to win play memorabilia. Free event. The Lion King is showing @The Orpheum Theatre-Memphis through March 1.
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National Civil Rights MuseumFebruary 27th, 2015 at 9:01pm
#MemphisLivesMatter panel discussion is 6pm tonight at the Museum and will cover the importance of the protests that have occurred in our city and around the nation. The forum brings together a group of distinguished leaders and influencer who will address the media’s responsibility in covering protests and how the community should move forward. The event is presented by the Memphis Association of Black Journalists, The Links, Incorporated–Bluff City Cluster and the National Civil Rights Museum.
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National Civil Rights MuseumFebruary 25th, 2015 at 12:15am
"As president, I believe we, as an institution, have a responsibility to use the history housed within our walls to inform the action that needs to take place now. The African concept of sankofa tells us we must look backwards to move forward," said Museum President Terri Lee Freeman. Join us Sat., Feb. 28, 8AM, for Breakfast with the President to hear more about her vision for the Museum. Register by Thurs., Feb. 26. http://bit.ly/1JsmwLh
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National Civil Rights MuseumFebruary 24th, 2015 at 10:17pm
The 1961Freedom Rides to desegregate interstate travel & accommodations moved people nationwide to become involved in the Movement. Thurs., Feb. 26, at 6pm, watch & discuss the film "Freedom Riders" to learn more. Univ. of Memphis history chair Dr. Aram Goudsouzian will facilitate discussion. http://bit.ly/1LAHWl3
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