MLK and the Civil War

At the end of my latest speaking tour aboard the American Cruise Lines ship “America” on the Mississippi, I took the occasion to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.  The building was erected to connect with the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King was tragically shot in April 1968.

The museum not only has an excellent collection of artifacts, but it also documents the African-American experience from its early days to today.  The tour of the displays ends outside the motel room which King was occupying when he was assassinated.

The museum also, via its displays and film, provides critical context for the causes and effects of the Civil War.     Highly recommended.

Below are photos of the museum/hotel and a close-up of the room where King was shot — the wreath indicates the exact location.


National Civil Rights Museum housed in the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.20191101_142714

Author: geneofva

Author of "Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era," and of seven more Civil War books -- with more to come!!

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