The Lorraine Motel in Memphis has played an important role in African-American history. In 1968, the Lorraine was the location for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King who was in town for a non-violent march to support the city’s striking garbage collectors. It is now the home of the National Civil Rights Museum. Dr. King was assassinated as he stood on the balcony outside room 306, on the motel’s second floor. The official account of the shooting named a single assassin, James Earl Ray, who fired one shot from the top floor of a rooming house whose rear windows overlooked the motel. The motel is open for tours to see the assassination sight and makes for a quick afternoon of sightseeing before you walk back to Beale Street to continue partying on the cobble stones.