In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I’d like to give readers a tour of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN and its accompanying National Civil Rights Museum.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. Business declined at the motel thereafter until it went into foreclosure. In 1982, a few dedicated community leaders in Memphis decided to try and save the Lorraine from being destroyed and transformed the site into a museum so comprehensive in African-American history, I would call it the United States’ “Louvre”.
With 260 artifacts, 40 films, and a vast interactive media museum of oral histories and visual displays, there is truly nothing like it anywhere. Erudite, comprehensive and emotional, my recommendation is to take two full days to visit this museum. You’ll leave with a strong understanding of the African-American experience. [Read more…]