Museum to open balcony where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot

Museum to open balcony where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is closing for a year for renovations, but its biggest attraction is about to be accessible to the public for the first time.

The museum was built around and includes the old Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was staying when he was assassinated in 1968. Until now, visitors have been able to see the balcony where King was shot but not stand on it.

The museum's main building will close at the end of the day on Monday. Officials hope to open the balcony to the public on Nov. 19, and they are installing a lift for disabled visitors.

A museum annex that includes the boardinghouse from which James Earl Ray shot at King also will be open during the renovation.

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