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Wanted poster for James Earl Ray

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Creator:United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Title:Wanted poster for James Earl Ray
Date:1968 Apr. 19

Flyer issued by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation with information about James Earl Ray issued after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. The "wanted poster" displays three black-and-white photographs of Ray, along with a physical description and notes on his criminal record. The poster is signed by J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI, and includes Hoover's contact information. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee while staying at the Lorraine Motel; King and fellow civil rights workers were in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers. James Earl Ray, who previously was convicted of mail fraud, armed robbery and had escaped from jail in 1967, was captured in London, United Kingdom on June 8, 1968. He confessed to the assassination on March 10, 1969 and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Ray later recanted his confession, and members of the King family supported Ray's efforts for a retrial.

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Types:Posters | Text | Text
Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Assassination | Ray, James Earl, 1928-1998 | Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972 | Wanted posters--United States | United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation | Criminal investigation--United States | Assassination--Tennessee--Memphis | African American civil rights workers--Violence against--Tennessee--Memphis | Assassination--Investigation--United States | Governmental investigations--United States | United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, 35.1495343, -90.0489801
Collection:Frank Holloman collection
Institution:Memphis Public Library's Memphis and Shelby County Room
Contributors:Memphis Public Library. Memphis and Shelby County Room
Original Material:

Frank Holloman Collection, Series VI, Box 5, Memphis Public Library, Memphis, Tennessee

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