Memphis: National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

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I first visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis back in October 2015, soon after moving to Nashville. I went back a few months later. Both times, I felt like two hours went by too quickly and regretted not giving myself the whole day to spend in the museum. It’s one of the best museums I’ve ever visited (and I’ve gone to a lot). The exhibit design makes it a great experience for all ages, all races, and all levels of museum-going (from non-museum people to museum lovers). If you find yourself in Memphis, don’t miss it.

The Museums is built in and around the Lorraine Motel, the significant African American institution where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. After walking through the galleries that take you through African American history in the US from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to Black Power movement (and somewhat up to today), you end up looking through a glass wall into the room where MLK spent his last moment. It’s a really moving experience, to say the least.

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[[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]

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