The Lorraine became an integral part of the Civil Rights Movement. It is now the home of the National Civil Rights Museum. Here are some famous people that stayed at the Lorraine: Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Nat Cole.
In March 1968, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King visited Memphis to support the city’s striking garbage collectors. He checked into the Lorraine, and led a march that, despite his policy of non-violence. turned violent. A second march was then planned.
Dr. King was assassinated at the Lorraine on the night of April 4 as he stood on the balcony outside room 306, on the motel’s second floor.