Reblogging: Yesterday at the Lorraine Motel

Fifty-one years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. We need to remain mindful that the civil rights struggle continues.

Sharon E. Cathcart

IMG_2327As you’ve gathered, I’m in Memphis this week.  I’ve been doing research for the new short fiction collection, the working title of which is Bayou NonStandard Time (that is definitely going to change).

Anyway, itineraries have changed on the fly more than once during this trip, with things shifting in and out of priority and sometimes off the list altogether depending on circumstances, weather, and more.

Yesterday afternoon, I shifted priorities once again and visited the National Civil Rights Museum.  It’s located at the Lorraine Motel, 450 Mulberry Street.

Does that location ring any bells with you?  Perhaps it should.

It’s where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968.

So.  I drove from downtown Memphis, which is pretty nice and thriving (despite the fact that Greater Memphis has the worst poverty rate in the nation, at nearly 20 percent), to the…

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