The former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed, now houses the National Civil Rights Museum

As I have written here previously, we visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis back in 1999. The museum is housed within the former Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down 41 years ago tomorrow evening.

This morning, I heard on the news that LIFE magazine has posted a gallery of never-before-published photos by Henry Groskinsky titled “The Night MLK Was Murdered: A Photographer’s Story” on their website.

This, in turn, got me thinking once again about one of the most haunting stories I have ever heard anywhere.

Martin Luther King’s last days

In 1993, NPR anchor Liane Hansen traveled to Memphis and the museum, and she spoke with the Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, at whose home Dr. King had planned to eat dinner that evening.

Rev. Kyles’ vivid and moving recollection of that April 4th absolutely devastated me, and I ordered a CD copy of the segment from NPR which I still own. Unfortunately, NPR no longer provides an online audio file of that piece.

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