In downtown Memphis, at 450, Mulberry Street is situated the National Civil Rights Museum around which history abounds. In fact, no American can shrug it off because of the deep sentiments attached to it. For it was on the balcony of Lorraine Motel where the American civil rights activist and leader Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Today, this is the site of this museum which is constructed in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, around the former Lorraine Motel.
Lorraine Motel saved: Following King's assassination in 1968, this motel continued to stay open but was finally foreclosed in 1982. It was bought by the The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation. The museum was constructed in 1987, and it was finally open to the public in 1991.
What to see in National Civil Rights Museum: This museum was built with the intention of making visitors understand the sequence of events concerning the American Civil Rights Movement. Here, the exhibits show parts of the fight for American civil rights whose history is traced from the days of slavery right until the fight for equality in the 20th century. These are depicted pictorially through photos, newspaper articles and 3D scenes that depict events of the movement such as The March on Washington, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Lunch Counter Sit-Ins.
It also has an exhibition of the events relating to King's assassination, the civil rights movement and some audio-video recordings of the events leading to his assassination.