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Museum to open balcony where MLK was shot

The tentative date for its opening is November 19

  • AP
  • Published: 12:47 November 8, 2012
  • Tabloid on Saturday

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis plans to open to the public the balcony where Martin Luther King Jr was shot.

The museum was built around and includes the old Lorraine Motel, where King was staying when he was assassinated in 1968. Visitors had been able to see the balcony where King was shot but couldn’t stand on it.

The museum’s main building will close at the end of the day Monday for renovations. Officials hope to open the balcony to the public on November 19, and they’re installing a lift for disabled visitors.

A museum annexe that includes the boardinghouse from which James Earl Ray shot at King also will be open during the renovation.

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