national civil rights museum
Posted on 7.23.2012
the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed – the Lorraine Hotel – is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. Inside, there are exhibits on everything from racism in media (both old and newer), entertainment, sports, etc. however, at its core, the museum is about traditional political history and follows through on that mission well. there are very explicit (both visual and written) timelines, interactive pieces and then there is the recreation of the hotel rooms where Dr. MLK, Jr. was staying when at the Lorraine that April. It’s very moving to recreate the steps he took that day and to hear the words and songs of those around him both at the time he was killed and soon after. we could have spent a great deal of time longer here, reading all of the materials that are so thoughtfully presented. my thirteen-year-old was very taken with the exhibits, as he has just begun to study much of this history at school.