Martin Luther King's car at Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennesseeeeee.

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Martin Luther King last stand. The 1959 Dodge and 1968 Cadillac are identical to the cars, appearing in photographs taken moments after the shooting of MLK at Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

Place of MLK assassination in April 1968 was the balcony in front of room 306 (wreath). Now the whole place is National Civil Rights Museum (since 1984).


The last resident of the motel, Jacqueline Smith, had resided at Lorraine since 1973. When faced with eviction for the museum project, Smith barricaded herself in her room and had to be forcibly evicted.

Smith has maintained a vigil across the street from the Lorraine Motel for over 20 years. She still holds vigil outside the Lorraine; she was there, when I visited in 2011! She is visible on the satellite view!

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Comments (65)

Tomros on February 24, 2014

Antoine, even that is way to much for 3" car..;-)

Nicola Morandi on March 13, 2014

Favoloso pezzo di storia, foto stupenda!! Tanti Saluti, Nicola M.,Like+Fav

Olga L. on March 15, 2014

Интересное и красивое фото. Нравится. Всего самого доброго, Ольга.

gezginruh on November 13, 2014

Hello Tomas,

Thank you for this sharing and the information.

An interesting Picture!

LK 50

I would like to say you this month SPC theme is “A working museum piece”. I think you have many Pictures about this.

I hope you can join to the competition.

Best greetings. GGR

Mojzer László on December 18, 2014

I really like this picture! Welcome: Laci L+F

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 23, 2013
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    by Tomros
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2011/12/01 09:49:37
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 4.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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