Balcony where King shot to open to public

6:42 AM, Jun 25, 2012   |    comments
April 3, 1968 B&W photo of Dr. King with Jesse Jackson and Ralph Abernathy on balcony of Lorraine Motel, Memphis
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis says it plans to allow the public access to the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

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The change will come in November when the main portion of the museum will close for a major renovation project until the first quarter of 2014. During that time, visitors will be allowed on the balcony to view the room where King stayed while in Memphis.

Museum president Beverly Robertson said officials didn't want to deny visitors the opportunity to see the room, so while it isn't accessible from the inside, people can view it from the outside by way of the balcony.

She says a museum worker will stay at the site to ensure it is respected.

(Associated Press)

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