Perhaps no other individual did so much for Civil Rights in American History. However, in the 60s people disagreed with his message. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot outside of his hotel room on April 4, 1968. A memorial was placed here in his honor. The hotel has been kept the same on the outside, and has been converted into the National Civil Rights Museum. The Museum is a thoroughly detailed account of Civil Rights, mostly highlighting the 1950s and 1960s.


There is a slight controversy surrounding the memorial. Across the street is the Civil Rights Museum's second stop on the tour. It details the assassination, and the proceedings of James Earl Ray, the assassin. Some feel that the second building's museum is almost flattering to the convicted assassin. There is even an exhibit there on a conspiracy theory. That's probably the most controversial part.