Monday, January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day & the National Civil Rights Museum

Today in the U.S. it is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, honoring the memory and work of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. A celebration service (shown above) was held this afternoon at the National Civil Rights Museum, which is located in downtown Memphis. The crowd continued on to the right of the photo, and the area around the museum was quite busy today.

The museum is a popular destination for area residents, school groups, and also tourists. The museum was built around the old Lorraine Motel (the site of Dr. King's assassination on April 4, 1968), and the wreath on the balcony is permanent, marking the spot where Dr. King was shot. Please click on photos to enlarge. I will take more detailed photos on a day with a bit less activity, but I thought you might enjoy seeing the celebration held there today.


Dan said...

MLK was a pivotal figure in our history, IMHO.

Did the Lorraine Hotel get relocated from St. Louis? Is this the real deal and not a replica?

Southern Heart said...

He was a pivotal figure, both nationally and in Memphis history.

The Lorraine is the original (and one and only, as far as I know) and is on its original site. Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 (the Nobel Prize biography is interesting and mentions the Memphis connection...if you click on his highlighted name, it should take you to the bio). The museum was constructed to include the historic motel.

Thanks for your comments and questions!

Clarice said...

I am surprised by how few people were there especially as it was a holiday.

Joy said...

I wonder (wherever he may be) if he's still saying, "Last night I had a dream" because I can't say that it has completely come true yet.

Thanks for reminding us.

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smilnsigh said...

Thank you. I never knew the details of how the museum was built.

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zentmrs said...

Thanks for those photos - it is good to have this reminder. Looking forward to seeing more.

Jana said...

I never knew a musuem was built around that motel. Great post! I learn something new everyday.

Southern Heart said...

a response for Clarice:

You asked about the crowd at the MLK Day celebration service in my photo. There were many more people to the right of the photo, behind that long wall, and also inside the museum. I also took that photo at about 4pm, and the festivities had been going on most of the day (so I was just capturing a "moment" of what had been happening all day). In Memphis, both MLK days are observed...his birthday in January, and also his death in April. So, the January day is a bit more celebratory, and the April observations are sometimes a bit more of a day of reflection.

Clarice said...

Good to know, thank you for taking the time to answer.

Anonymous said...

MLK.....A phenomenal man and a day Americans will never forget.