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The Lorraine Motel looks almost exactly today as it did on April 4, 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot dead on its second floor balcony. Martin Luther King, Jr. likely needs no introduction to a world audience - only a few Americans can really make that claim, but King is among them. The face of the Civil Rights Movement among African Americans during the 1950s and 1960s, King is a national and international hero.

The Lorraine Motel, the scene of his assassination, is today a museum not only to King but to the entire struggle for Civil Rights that consumed the nation a century after the end of the American Civil War. His room has been meticulously restored to its 1968 look, while much of the building's interior has been renovated to house a wonderful tour of the history of this defining period in the country's history.

This shot is of the Motel's original sign, which still stands outside the museum. On it is written "I Have a Dream", the title of King's most well-known speech, delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington in 1963. Today, King's dream - while not fully a reality - is much less a fantasy than it was when he spoke it, and this wonderful museum tells the story of how.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 883 W: 75 N: 1688] (7467)
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