National Civil Rights Museum Offers Rare Chance in November for Visitors to Stand on the Balcony Where Dr. Martin Luther King Last Stood on April 4, 1968

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Museum renovations phase in November offers historical opportunity

The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, is about to undergo its first major renovation in its twenty year history.

During the 14 month renovation phase starting in November 2012, the Museum will allow public access— for the first time since it opened in 1991—to the balcony outside room #306. This was where Dr. King was standing on April 4, 1968 when a bullet fired from a rooming house across the courtyard struck him down at the age of 39.

Although the original exhibits housed in the Lorraine Motel facility will be completely replaced, visitors will still be able to tour the Morrow Rooming House where assassin James Earl Ray was staying and investigators say was the location of the sniper's shot.

This museum expansion opened in 2002 as the Legacy exhibit.

The $27 million renovation project is scheduled for completion in early 2014. The Museum wants to encourage visitors to see the original exhibits now, before the November renovation phase starts and then return in November for the Balcony experience.

The public can support the renovation campaign and see architectural renderings of the exhibit spaces by visiting the museum website

Revised admissions and the complete new tour experience will be announced before the November renovation phase starts.


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