- African-American Life in Memphis, Tenn.
- Letter, Nov. 22, A.D. 1993, Jackson, Tennessee to Lt. Governor John S. Wilder
- Branch, Lee E.
- Date of Original:
- Lieutenant governors--Tennessee
African American civic leaders--Tennessee--Memphis
National Civil Rights Museum
Boards of directors--Tennessee--Memphis
- Branch, Lee E., Sr.
Wilder, John Shelton, 1921-2010
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Assassination
- United States, Tennessee, Madison County, Jackson, 35.61452, -88.81395
United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, 35.14953, -90.04898
- 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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- Original Collection:
- African-American Life In Memphis, Tenn., Box 4, Folder 2, Memphis Public Library, Memphis, Tennessee
- Contributing Institution:
- Memphis Public Library. Memphis and Shelby County Room