Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN
April 4th, 1968, the day after his famous speech at the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN.
Built in 1925, the Lorraine Hotel was a typical Southern Style hotel accessible only to whites. By the end of World War II, the hotel had become a black establishment serving jazz musicians and other celebrities of the time.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was staying at the Lorraine Hotel and in the process of planning a civil rights march for the unfair working conditions against black workers when an assassin shot and killed him on the balcony of his room in the motel. This unfortunately put the plans for the civil rights march to a halt. In 1991, the Lorraine Hotel was converted into The National Civil Rights Museum.