National Civil Rights Museum
The nation’s first museum dedicated to documenting the complete history
of the American civil rights movement. Constructed on the site of the Lorraine motel,
where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther king jr., was assassinated, the center features
an interpretive education center, audiovisual displays, interactive exhibits, and civil rights memorabilia.
The museum recently completed 1 $10 million expansion, involving the renovation of the
Young Morrow Building where the fatal shot was fired. Exploring the Legacy showcases the
ongoing contributions and success of the civil rights movement following the assassination.
Another great enhancement is its entrance on Main street making the museum visible from the
Main St. Trolley Line.
Other additions include a perk-like walkway and exhibit featuring evidence
from the State of Tennessee vs. ray investigation.
Located at the Lorraine Motel, site of the 1968 assassination of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., the museum presents interactive audiovisual
displays, life-sized replicas, and actual artifacts to present an emotionally
charged history of the American civil rights movement. The $11M expansion
opened in September, 2002 which includes the renovation of the boarding
house where the fatal shot was fired. Exploring the Legacy brings the
history that followed King's assassination into the National Civil Rights
Museum tour experience.