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" Final Resting Place of Martin Luther King"
Martin Luther King JR.
15th January 1929 - 4th April 1968
Civil rights leader from the 60's who led the cause for equal rights for American blacks through non violent demonstrations and marches. The most famous of which was the march and gathering in 1963 in the nations capital Washington of some 200,000 people. The march climaxed with King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech, which he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In 1964 Congress passed the civil rights bill that President John F. Kennedy had started and his successor President Lyndon B. Johnson had recommended. In December of 1964 Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to the bill of equal rights. He was gunned down from across the street by a sniper, whilst on the balcony, outside of his room (306) at the Lorraine Motel on the 4th April 1968 (See below). The Lorraine Motel is now the National Civil Rights Museum, kept has it was that day in 1968 with authentic items from the time including the autos in the parking area. Room 306 can be viewed and a wreath is placed where Martin Luther King was shot.
Grave is in the:- Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Dr. King's assassin was identified as James Earl Ray, who was arrested at London airport on June 8, 1968. Ray was later sentenced to 99 years in prison for the crime on May 10, 1969. He died in prison on April 23, 1998.