Episode 47: Visiting Memphis 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination

March 28, 2018
The Lorraine Motel marquee at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while standing on a balcony at the motel on April 4, 1968. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his death. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of a hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. The National Civil Rights Museum was built on the site of the actual Lorraine Motel where King was staying.

In this episode of the AP Travel podcast “Get Outta Here,” AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz talks with AP reporter Adrian Sainz in Memphis about King’s time there, and what visitors will find at the museum and motel site. We also talk about events planned to mark the anniversary, along with additional sites of interest in Memphis and other destinations where travelers can walk in King’s footsteps.


New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She’s proud to say that she’s been to all 50 states.

Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news - thank goodness - is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.


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