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I cannot believe we have been on the road for a week. We started the day in Memphis and ended it in Nashville.
The major stop of the day was the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. The Lorraine Motel, of course, was the place where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The museum is built around the motel and an additional building–the Young and Morrow Building–located just across the street. This is the building (a rooming house in 1968) where James Earl Ray fired the shots that killed King.
Here is New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s famous speech on the evening of King’s death. He delivered it while on the presidential campaign trail in Indianapolis.
Kennedy would be assassinated two months later. As I listen to his speech again, I wonder if it still holds-up today. I hope it does.
After touring the museum we headed to Beale Street and a visit to the gallery of Civil Rights Movement photographer Ernest Withers. He took some of the most iconic photos of the era. You can see some of my favorites here and here.
The last stop in Memphis was lunch at B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street where we were treated to some great soul music from recent graduates of Stax Music Academy.
We are touring Nashville today. Stay tuned.