The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the young age of 39. He would be 87 years old if he were alive today. The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. where Dr. King was murdered is now the site of the historic National Civil Rights Museum. This historical landmark is but one among many tangible assets and buildings that strive to capture the immeasurable impact Dr. King achieved in promoting civil rights across the world.
Recently, Empower Magazine traveled to Memphis and took advantage of the opportunity to tour the National Civil Right Museum. We found the location a perfect setting for memorializing the life and legacy of Dr. King who served humanity as a civil rights leader for the ages.
This “one-of-a-kind” museum not only showcases the life of Dr. King, but also offers 260 artifacts, more than 40 new films, and oral history stations. Before stepping inside the front doors of the museum, visitors are exposed to an array of interactive media and external listening posts that guide visitors through five centuries of history. To its credit, the museum is rich with multi-media and interactive exhibits tracing the Civil Rights movement from the 17th century to present day. The specific timeframes covered are from the beginning of the resistance during slavery through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, and the seminal events of the late 20th century that inspired people around the world to stand up for equality. Recent renovations played a key role in the museum being officially recognized and honored as a Smithsonian Affiliate museum on Oct. 21, 2016.
Once you’ve added this must-visit historical site to your “bucket list,” be sure to give at least two weeks’ notice in order to book a complimentary tour guide. Upon your arrival, you will find an extremely knowledgeable museum staff trained and equipped to ensure a memorable museum experience. And, with 48-hours’ notice, they are able to offer complimentary tour guide interpretation for visually-impaired guests.
EM was pleased to learn that the museum also can provide hearing-impaired guests with assisted listening devices. These listening devices allow users to enjoy the full experiences offered in the museum’s two main theaters. Plus, there are transcripts for audio elements within the exhibitions available upon request.
In the museum’s effort to fully accommodate every visitor, all films have open captions at the bottom of the screen, and trained service animals are welcomed to accompany guests who require their assistance due to a disability. However, all other pets or animals are not permitted inside the museum.
On a scale of 1 to 5, this historical site is more than deserving of a solid 5-Star rating. So, be sure to have it at the top of your list of key places to visit during your next trip to Memphis, Tenn.