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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Lorraine Motel

 
 
The Lorraine Motel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dee Evans, July 2000
1. The Lorraine Motel Marker
Inscription. Originally the Windsor Hotel (c. 1925) and later one of only a few hotels for blacks, it hosted such entertainers as Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, B.B. King, and Nat King Cole. Walter and Loree Bailey bought it in 1942, renaming it the Lorraine. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated outside Room 306 on April 4, 1968, making it a symbol for the civil rights movement. In 1982, a local nonprofit group saved the site from foreclosure for use as America’s first civil rights museum.
 
Erected by the Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E-95.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
 
Location. 35° 8.07′ N, 90° 3.468′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Mulberry Street and Hulling Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Mulberry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 450 Mulberry St, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Blues Foundation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); WLOK Radio Station (about 600 feet away); Tom Lee Memorial
Plaque in Front of Motel image. Click for full size.
By Dee Evans, July 2000
2. Plaque in Front of Motel
Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 5, 1929 – Apr. 4, 1968, founding President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference. “They said one to another, Behold, here cometh the dreamer ... Let us slay him ...” Genesis 37 19-20. —Ralph David Abernathy, President.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Tom Lee Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Beale Street #2 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Beale Street #1 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Schools For Freedmen (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
More about this marker. The Lorraine Motel is now the National Civil Rights Museum.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsLandmarksNotable Buildings
 
Lorraine Motel Sign image. Click for full size.
By Dee Evans, July 2000
3. Lorraine Motel Sign
Room 306 (On Upper Level) at the Lorraine Motel image. Click for full size.
By Dee Evans, July 2000
4. Room 306 (On Upper Level) at the Lorraine Motel
Children are reading the plaque shown in Photo 2.
The Lorraine Motel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, December 29, 2002
5. The Lorraine Motel Marker
View is toward the northeast.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2007, by Dee Evans of Chicago, Illinois. This page has been viewed 3,787 times since then and 117 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2007, by Dee Evans of Chicago, Illinois.   5. submitted on July 25, 2008, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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