Thousands visit Civil Rights Museum for MLK Day

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Thousands are expected at the National Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis Monday to mark what would have been the 86th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Young and old are celebrating the national holiday with a number of free outdoor activities and reduced admission to the newly renovated museum.

Stacy Jones brought her two daughters. They were some of the first to go through the doors this morning.

"They wanted to come," Jones said.

They wanted to learn more about  Dr. King's Legacy and his last moments in Memphis.

"To see exactly what happened and where he was when he was killed and read more history on him and his family," Jones said.

Johnny Mosley visits the museum every year on MLK Day. He calls it holy ground.

His father was one of the sanitation workers King was fighting for when he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel Hotel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, in 1968.

Mosley said he wouldn't want to be anywhere else today.

"This is the place where Dr. King was assassinated and to know that he was assassinated in route to helping my father become the great man he was, and for me to become the man I am today," he said.

Up to 10,000 are expected to tour the museum today.

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