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Letter, Nov. 22, A.D. 1993, Jackson, Tennessee to Lt. Governor John S. Wilder

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Creator:Branch, Lee E.
Title:Letter, Nov. 22, A.D. 1993, Jackson, Tennessee to Lt. Governor John S. Wilder
Date:1993 Nov. 22

Letter from November 22, 1993 from Lee Branch, Sr., to John S. Wilder, Tennessee lieutenant governor, describing the events that led to saving the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, from destruction. The letter also describes many individual's contributions to the civil rights struggle in Memphis, Tennessee, as remembered by Branch. King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968, while in Memphis in support of the Sanitation Workers' Strike. The building was purchased by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation and in 1991 opened as the National Civil Rights Museum; at the time of the letter, Branch was a member of the museum's Board of Directors.

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Subjects:Branch, Lee E. | Wilder, John S. (John Shelton), 1921- | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Assassination | Lieutenant governors--Tennessee | Civic leaders--Tennessee--Memphis | African American civic leaders--Tennessee--Memphis | Motels--Tennessee--Memphis | National Civil Rights Museum | Assassination--Tennessee--Memphis | Boards of directors--Tennessee--Memphis | United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, 35.1495343, -90.0489801 | United States, Tennessee, Madison County, Jackson, 35.6145169, -88.8139469
Collection:African-American Life in Memphis, Tenn.
Institution:Memphis Public Library's Memphis and Shelby County Room
Contributors:Memphis Public Library. Memphis and Shelby County Room
Original Material:

African-American Life In Memphis, Tenn., Box 4, Folder 2, Memphis Public Library, Memphis, Tennessee

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