National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
Although this museum is located at the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it tells not only his story, but also about the entire Civil Rights Movement within the United States.
Dr. King, who was such an iconic leader of civil rights, was fatally shot on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The motel looks like it stopped in time. For those of us that are too young to know this day in history first-hand, a visit to the Lorraine will take you to the emotion of that day.
I get very emotional over places and subjects of this nature, as I assume everyone should.
The museum reminded me very much of The United States Memorial Holocaust Museum and Ford’s Theatre, both in Washington, D.C.
The subject matter is heartbreaking. The events that occurred were horrendous.
So, why do we have these museums? I believe they exist to strike a cord within you, to make you feel something.
They put you in the actual places or with actual artifacts so that the event becomes real to you. Not just history, not just some story you’ve heard.
If nothing else, these museums start a conversation. Through these conversations, I hope that we continue to move forward.
These museums are a call to action: “What will you do to stop this from happening again?”
Overall, I was impressed with the museum. It is up to par with any national museum in D.C. People from all races and backgrounds were visiting, which I thought was great because equality is about everyone, everywhere. Now, go hug everyone you know!
Have you visited the National Civil Rights Museum? What other museums have really touched your heart? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and doggie-daughter, Gizmo. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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