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 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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National Civil Rights MuseumOctober 17th, 2014 at 5:35pm
Today in 1888, the first Black bank, Capital Savings Bank, was created in DC. Until 1902, the bank loaned to African Americans who could not apply for loans elsewhere.
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National Civil Rights MuseumOctober 16th, 2014 at 6:31pm
2014 Freedom awards recipient Bob Moses was instrumental in creating equal educational opportunities for African Americans during the 1960s. His education initiatives such as the Algebra Project helped to elevate mathematics literacy for underprivileged and children of color. Moses said, "We believe that every child has a right to a quality education to succeed in this technology-based society..."
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National Civil Rights MuseumOctober 16th, 2014 at 1:34pm
Free admission & transportation is available to Shelby County Title I Schools that apply for the Target Grant. Field trip must be taken by December 15! Apply at http://bit.ly/1DaaQpR by November 10. Teachers, give your students the opportunity to learn civil rights history and its impact and relevance today!
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National Civil Rights MuseumOctober 15th, 2014 at 5:16pm
Today in 1883, the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which prohibited segregation, was declared unconstitutional. This initiated the passing of Jim Crow laws (Plessy v. Fergson 1896). Segregation laws would not be federally contested again until Brown v. Board in 1954. Come visit #NCRMuseum today to learn more!
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