Balcony of Memphis Hotel/Museum where King was Slain to Open to Visitors

1968 iconic photo of Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy at the Loraine Hotel just before Dr. King was killed.

1968 iconic photo of Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy at the Loraine Hotel just before Dr. King was killed.

*Changes are being made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.

Soon,  visitors will be able to get a closer look at the place where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in the spring of 1968.

The museum, which was the Loraine Hotel, opened to the public in 1991, is renovating and will soon be allowing access to the balcony where King was shot, according to the Associated Press.

Until recently, museum visitors could see the balcony — the museum is built around the two-story motel — but they couldn’t walk on it. When the new exhibit opens, visitors will be able to step onto the balcony, and there will also be a lift for disabled guests.

King stayed at the Lorraine Motel on several occasions. During his last visit there, he was in Memphis to support sanitation workers who were on strike.

An exhibit displaying where King’s assassin, James Earl Ray, shot at the civil rights leader will be open during the renovation, which is now open as well. The balcony exhibit is planned to open on Nov. 19.

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