What is the Lorraine Motel?
In the 1960’s, racial strife had overtaken the headlines of most newspapers throughout the United States. At the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. was in the process of promoting the advancement of African Americans and fighting for their rights, particularly in the southeast United States. When he arrived in Tennessee to aid garbage workers in their strike, King stayed at the Lorraine Motel when tragedy struck. Currently the National Civil Rights Museum, the Lorraine Motel was the site in Memphis, Tennessee where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.