Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Lorraine Motel

Haunting pictures have been recently discovered that captures the moments after Martin Luther King was assassinated outside room 306 the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

The photographs were taken shortly after the shooting, have remarkably only just seen the light of day after 41 years and can be viewed in Life magazine HERE.

The Lorraine Motel is located in the depressed downtown area of Houston. The motel built in 1925 was one of a few accommodation places that accepted African American travelers where King stayed in 1968. The motel has been preserved and enveloped in a much larger building that has become the National Civil Rights Movement Museum.

Their website is very impressive and can be viewed HERE (Just ignore the ObamaMessiah references)

I think I would rather visit the Lorraine Motel than visit the shrine to the "Fat-Elvis" years at Gracelands that is located only a few miles away.

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