Memphis: Showdown at The Lorraine

Showdown at The Lorraine

Since the 1988 closing of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Martin Luther | King Jr. was assassinated, there have been two constants at the scene: a steady stream of sightseers looking at the unofficial shrine, and the motel's last manager, Jacqueline Smith, who stubbornly refuses to say goodbye to the facility. Night and day, through storm and sunshine, Smith, 39, has camped out in a pup tent in front of the fenced-in property, courteously greeting tourists and adamantly opposing plans to renovate the Lorraine and construct a $9 million Lorraine Civil Rights Museum. She thinks the place should be used...

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