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Room 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel
by Ben Kamin
Michigan State University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-1-60917-343-2 | Paper: 978-1-61186-049-8
Library of Congress Classification F444.M58L675 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 910.460976819

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

A tragic landmark in the civil rights movement, the Lorraine Motel in Memphis is best known for what occurred there on April 4, 1968. As he stood on the balcony of Room 306, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, ending a golden age of nonviolent resistance, and sparking riots in more than one hundred cities. Formerly a seedy, segregated motel, and prior to that a brothel, the motel quickly achieved the status of national shrine. The motel attracts a variety of pilgrims—white politicians seeking photo ops, aging civil rights leaders, New Age musicians, and visitors to its current incarnation, the National Civil Rights Museum. A moving and emotional account that comprises a panorama of voices, Room 306 is an important oral history unlike any other.


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