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Memphis Marks 50 Years Since MLK's Assassination

Decades after King's murder, a city looks back in remembrance.

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On April 4, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. His death left a lasting mark on the city, turning it into a historical site of one of the most significant moments in U.S. history.

Now, 50 years later, the city is commemorating his legacy.

The Lorraine Motel, where King stayed multiple times during his trips to Memphis to support local sanitation workers, is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum. (Pictured: Visitors look up at the Lorraine Motel on April 2, 2018.) Joe Raedle/Getty Images The Lorraine Motel, where King stayed multiple times during his trips to Memphis to support local sanitation workers, is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum. (Pictured: Visitors look up at the Lorraine Motel on April 2, 2018.) Established in 1991, the museum chronicles key episodes of the civil rights movement and examines today's human rights issues. (Pictured: A visitor looks out at the balcony where King was shot on April 2, 2018.) Joe Raedle/Getty Images Established in 1991, the museum chronicles key episodes of the civil rights movement and examines today's human rights issues. (Pictured: A visitor looks out at the balcony where King was shot on April 2, 2018.) James Williams holds his baby son, Conner while looking at room 306, where King stayed before his murder, on April 4, 2018. Joe Raedle/Getty Images James Williams holds his baby son, Conner while looking at room 306, where King stayed before his murder, on April 4, 2018. Rev. Jesse Jackson shakes hands with visitors at the National Civil Rights Museum on April 2, 2018. The Reverend, who spent many years fighting for civil rights alongside King, was at the motel the night of his murder. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Rev. Jesse Jackson shakes hands with visitors at the National Civil Rights Museum on April 2, 2018. The Reverend, who spent many years fighting for civil rights alongside King, was at the motel the night of his murder. Visitors look up at the balcony near room 306. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Visitors look up at the balcony near room 306. Local residents Poetic Sun and Suavo Jones walk past a mural inspired by the 'I Am a Man' march, started by Memphis sanitation workers in 1968. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Local residents Poetic Sun and Suavo Jones walk past a mural inspired by the 'I Am a Man' march, started by Memphis sanitation workers in 1968. Former Attorney General Eric Holder visits the "MLK50" exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Former Attorney General Eric Holder visits the "MLK50" exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum. Greenwood Praise Dancers take part in an MLK week kick-off service at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church on April 1, 2018. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Greenwood Praise Dancers take part in an MLK week kick-off service at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church on April 1, 2018. King's daughter Rev. Dr. Bernice King speaks at the National Civil Rights Museum on April 2, 2018. The youngest child of King, she was only five-years-old when her father was killed in Memphis. Joe Raedle/Getty Images King's daughter Rev. Dr. Bernice King speaks at the National Civil Rights Museum on April 2, 2018. The youngest child of King, she was only five-years-old when her father was killed in Memphis. A worshiper at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church wears a pin commemorating King and the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) on April 1, 2018. Joe Raedle/Getty Images A worshiper at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church wears a pin commemorating King and the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) on April 1, 2018.
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