National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis

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The site where Martin Luther King, the great leader of the American civil rights movement, was assassinated in 1968. The spot on the balcony of the former Lorraine Motel is marked with a wreath. It is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum. This was later expanded to also incorporate the former boarding house across the road from where the deadly shots were apparently fired (the exact circumstances of the assassination remain controversial, however).
The museum's main exhibition chronicles the history of racial repression and segregation in the USA, and the struggle for freedom and equality for black Americans. A particular emphasis is, however, the Martin Luther King assassination itself.
In addition there are regularly changing temporary exhibitions on related themes.
Opening times: daily except Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (in summer until 6 p.m.), Sundays from 1 p.m. only (closed on some of the usual public holidays).
Admission:13 USD (seniors/students 11 USD, children under 17 9.50 USD)
Strictly no photography (cameras must be left with the security office).
Location: at 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, Tennessee, TN 38103, USA – in the southern downtown area known as South Main Arts District, near the Mississippi river, just beyond S 2nd Street.
Google maps locator:[35.1345,-90.0576]

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