Balcony where Dr. King was Shot and Killed Opens to the Public

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(Memphis) The balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed 44 years ago will be open to the public for the first time today.

The National Civil Rights Museum decided to allow this unprecedented access to the balcony since the main part of the museum is closed for renovations.

The balcony outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel is where Dr. King was gunned down on April 4, 1968 in the midst of a major sanitation strike.

The balcony will remain open through early 2014 when the renovations will be complete.

Museum admission has been reduced to $10 for adults; $9 for seniors and college students; and $8 for kids.