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Running Down Beale Street

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

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Ok...not technically. Well, yeah maybe lol! I went to Memphis, TN, USA last weekend to run yet another half marathon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A great cause to raise money to end cancer in children.

This year, I vowed to myself to visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel because well I haven’t decided if I would return next year lol! Buuuttt since I’m obsessed (ok maybe not the right word) with Martin Luther King Jr‘s journey and 2018 marked 50 years since his assassination, I had to visit as this is where he was killed....the Lorraine Motel.

Through the pain in my feet after a run, here are some pictures from my visit...

Upon entry to the museum, you learn about slavery in America. This statue shows the expression and grief of slavery while she holds her child.

The above photos reenacts the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In the second photo, you see a statue of Rosa Parks sitting in front of the bus refusing to move to the back. You then see the bus driver disgusted (and also yelling at her to move).

These photos display the various different movements amongst people to bring about rights such as the March on Washington, Voter Registration (Selma to Montgomery marches), and the I Am A Man movement.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s room; his last resting place

Outside the Lorraine Motel today and the night MLK Jr. was killed. The black and white photos belong to Time. Read more of what happened on that night here.

Head across the street and learn about the scene of the crime and investigation process. This window is behind bulletproof glass sectioned off by the FBI. This is the window where they believe that man (not speaking his name on my site) gunned down MLK Jr.

Museums like this show you that we have come some ways but still have a long way to go. Has his dream been met?

Have you ever visited this museum? If so, tell me about your experience in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by!

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