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Outside of the hotel
Lorraine Hotel
Lorraine Hotel sign

Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN

450 Mulberry St Memphis, , TN 38103
April 4th, 1968, the day after his famous testament at the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, Dr.

April 4th, 1968, the day after his famous testament at the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, Dr.

Established 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 blues performers and other notable figures 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. This is an intricate way to experience the history of the city, so don't miss out.


Reviews
As an 8 year. shopping for a new pair of Converse high tops in an old shoe store, I heard the reports over the radio. Dr. Martin Luther King had been shot! Little did I know 40 years later that I would happen upon the Lorraine hotel in Memphis just per chance. Seeing the place where it took place, took my breath away, a reation at the time I was 8 would have never even imagined having. I am grateful that the hotel still stands as a place in our American history, not just Black history but, American history. Everyone American should get a chance to see this spot, not just Black Americans, or White Americans, or any other specific color American, just Americans period. A great American he was. Go see it for yourself.
Bob - St. Louis
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