Saturday, April 3, 2010

April 4 - A Sad Anniversary

Sadly, April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

It happened in Memphis, Tennessee as King stood on the balcony outside his hotel room. He was in the city to support and help striking garbage collection workers in their fight against unfair practices by their employer and for better wages. Unfortunately, a man across the street on that faithful April day had other plans and shot and killed King.

Diane and I visited Memphis a number of years ago, and among the many things we did there was to visit the site of the assassination. The hotel has been turned into a Smithsonian museum on the civil rights movement and is well worth checking out.

One side of the building remains as it was when King visited, preserving the place where he was killed. Below are a couple pictures I took of the cite when we were there.

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