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Visiting Memphis 50 years after King's assassination
Thousands expected to make pilgrimage
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In this Nov. 6, 2003, file photo, the home where Martin Luther King changed from Montgomery pastor to national civil rights leader, is pictured in Montgomery, Ala., and has been restored to its 1950s appearance. King was assassinated April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Travelers will find a variety of events and sites in Memphis and elsewhere honoring King's legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death. - photo by Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader's shocking murder on April 4, 1968, marked one of the most significant moments in U.S. history.The city's role in the civil rights movement and King's death has long made it a destination for anyone interested in King's legacy. Museums, churches and even iconic Beale Street tell the story of King's final days here.Thousands of people are expected to make the pilgrimage to Memphis for the 50th anniversary.
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