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

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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  • Uploaded on March 23, 2013
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    by tor tom
    • 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