Civil Rights Museum seeks donors for renovation

AP News
Posted: Oct 25, 2011 6:24 PM
Civil Rights Museum seeks donors for renovation

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis has started the public phase of its campaign to raise $40 million for a major renovation of the old Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined museum officials at a news conference Tuesday announcing the campaign. Haslam said the state is giving $2.5 million from this year's state budget to the renovation, adding to the $2.5 million given by the state last year.

The museum already has raised $21 million, which includes the $5 million total state contribution and gifts from corporations such as FedEx and Ford Motor Co.

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Construction is expected to begin in late 2012, with work expected to be finished in early 2014.