National Civil Rights Museum

The balcony of the Lorraine Motel is etched in the memory of most people of a certain age who watched the television reports of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. A faded floral wreath marks the spot where he stood when fatally shot. It’s a sobering sight but the museum, opened in 1991, is more than a memorial to Dr. King. In photos, documents and descriptions, it puts a human face on the major events of the civil rights movement, and looks at its legacy today, both in the U.S. and abroad.

450 Mulberry St., Memphis, 901.521.9699,