MLK Assassination Spot

I was reading an article about President Bush’s speech at the NAACP.  This paragraph caught my attention:

Bush also recalled his visit in June to Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. While in Memphis, the two made an unscheduled stop at the National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Bush and Koizumi emerged from a tour to stand on the spot on the motel balcony where King was slain.

So The Lorraine Motel, the spot where Dr King was assissinated is now the National Civil Rights Museum?  I had no idea, but it’s true, and what a great idea to turn a negative into a postive.  Here’s the link to it’s website.


Of course here in Dallas we made a museum out of the spot Lee Harvey Oswald shot out of, that is if you believe he’s the killer.  Now here’s something weird, you can reserve for a private occasion

Hold your next after hours event at one of Dallas’ most unique venues and provide your guests the opportunity to experience history. Located in the Dallas West End Historic District, the Museum offers over 5,000 square feet of event space for exclusive private occasions—dinners, receptions, and corporate events. 

WifeGeeding and I were married at SMU, just about a ten minute drive from this spot.  If we only would have held our wedding reception at The Sixth Floor Museum.  And in case you didn’t know, Dallas continues to mark the spot Kennedy was shot with an ‘X’ on the street.


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One Response to MLK Assassination Spot

  1. Katilou says:

    Just wanted to comment that I have been to that musuem (and graceland) . . . some believe that MLK,JR would have wanted it to be turned into something more useful (and perhaps more visited) like a homeless shelter or a place for African-Americans who are on the outs to . . . . blah blah blah – I don’t really know how to word it – – basically a homeless shelter but to help homeless not be homeless. When I went there was a sitting protestor who had been there for over 100 days.
    It’s really quite long and boring. I remember I went with in college on an official tour and it was all very interesting . . . but we spent an hour in the first fourth of the museum on our guided tour and then the tour guides were told we were running short on time . . so we practically ran through the rest of the museum so we could glide quickly past the motel room which is still kept in mint condition.

    This is a great website – but I can see how it can be an easy time-waster – -fun time-waster, but time waster none-the-less.

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