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Draft of press statement on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Creator:Holloman, Frank
Title:Draft of press statement on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Date:1968 Apr. 4

Handwritten draft of a statement by Frank Holloman, Memphis, Tennessee Police and Fire Director following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The note is written on Holloman's desk note pad. 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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Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Assassination | Holloman, Frank | Assassination--Tennessee--Memphis | African American civil rights workers--Violence against--Tennessee--Memphis | Police chiefs--Tennessee--Memphis | Memphis (Tenn.) | Shelby County (Tenn.)
Collection:Frank Holloman collection
Institution:Memphis Public Library's Memphis and Shelby County Room
Contributors:Memphis Public Library. Memphis and Shelby County Room
Online Publisher:Knoxville, Tenn. : University of Tennessee, Knoxville in association with Memphis Public Library | Volunteer Voices (Project) | 2006-12-21
Original Material:

Frank Holloman Collection, Series III, Box 5, Folder 12, Memphis Public Library, Memphis County, Tennessee

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