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image and text by
Joel Sternfeld

from the series:
On This Site/ Landscape In Memoriam.

The National Civil Rights Museum,
formerly the Lorraine Motel,
450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, Tennessee,
August 1993

Speaking at a rally on April 3, 1968,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said: Longevity has its place.
But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.
And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain.
And I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the Promised Land.
I may not get there with you.
But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people,
will get to the Promise Land.
And I’m happy tonight.
I’m not worried about anything.
I’m not fearing any man.
My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
The next day, he was assassinated on this balcony outside room 306.