The Civil Rights Memorial is a beautifully designed structure representing the forty people who died in struggles for civil equality between the years of 1954 and 1968. The Memorial was designed by Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietman Memorial in Washington, DC, stands proudly in downtown Montgomery, AL, just a couple of blocks from the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent many years as a reverend.
This dogwood flower rests on the doorstep of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was reverend for many years. and also where he would speak to a crowd in the streets from the elevated entrance to the church. I smiled when standing in the place where Dr. King used to stand when speaking…then turned around to see this bloom on the doorstep.
This platform, with stairs rising on either side, is the entrance to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was reverend for many years. Occasionally, he would stand here and speak to crowds below on Dexter Avenue.
Shirley Cherry, director of the Dexter Parsonage Museum, smiles as she asks me to do the honors of unlocking the door to the museum, once the home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I take pride in having the key to the home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and today I am going to ask my friend from North Carolina to unlock this door”. I am extremely honored, Shirley. Thank you so much.
The lady in the swing (I apologize for not remembering names, I will search to find out) is widow to one of the Tuskegee Airmen, and has been living in this home, which is five doors down from the Dexter Parsonage Museum and once home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ever since the Kings were neighbors. The Tour group walked down to say Hello to this lovely lady and her daughter.
The Dexter Parsonage Museum, once home to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family, is now open for visitors to take a tour. When you decide to go, I insist that you make sure you are in touch with Shirley Cherry, the Director of the Museum, as she will make your visit a memorable one.
Room 306 of the Lorraine Hotel is where Dr. King was staying in Memphis, TN and where he was assassinated. (The outside window is a reflection I could not dodge). The door to the room is in the far left corner of the room.
A window next to the actual window in the Rooming House where the shot was taken that assassinated Dr. King. Dr. King was in room 306 of the Lorraine Hotel across the street on the second floor. The wreath hangs permanently where Dr. King passed away.
This is the building where James Earl Ray was stationed when he shot and killed Dr. King. The window he fired from is on the second floor with right trim farthest to the right- just visible behind the tree. At the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN
Room 306 (behind the wreath) of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN is where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The wreath on the balcony marks where he passed away after a fatal gunshot fired from a building across the street.
The pulpit in historic Ebenezer Baptist Church were Dr. King co-pastored under his father and where he came back to serve after his seminary. Dr. King was an excellent orator and he inspired many people to stand up for Civil Rights.
The headstones on the tombs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. They lay in state within the MLK State Park which Coretta helped build and establish as a way to honor her husband’s life.
The tombs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Correta Scott King at the MLK State Park. Dr. King with the support of his wife helped change the US by leading the Civil Rights movement, we are better for it.