The MLK Crime Scene


The Lorraine Motel and surrounding areas

 

 

The Lorraine Hotel was built in 1925 and was a segregated white hotel until WWII. At the conclusion of the war it had become a largely black patronized establishment. Among its most famous guests was entertainer Cab Calloway, singer Nat King Cole, and the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin. Additional rooms were added with a balcony and the business was renamed the Lorrain Motel. This location was the scene of Martin Luther King's death and includes photographs of the Lorraine Motel, Jim's Grill, Brewer's Boarding House, and other adjoining locations. Additionally included are photographs of the recovered suspect's vehicle and path officials claim he took to escape.  



Credits


Credit to the Shelby County Clerk's Martin Luther King Assassination Investigation database.