Civil Rights Museum Dispute

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Martin Luther King III is joining critics who argue that the governing board of the National Civil Rights Museum, on the site of his father's death, is too closely tied to big business.

Isaac Farris, director of the King Center in Atlanta, said King is scheduled to take part in a rally staged by museum critics on December 8th in Memphis.

The Memphis museum is built around the old Lorraine Motel where
Martin Luther King Junior was shot and killed by an assassin in 1968.

The museum is run by the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation, a private group with a state management lease that is up for review.

The foundation wants a 40-year lease, while critics say the museum should come under more direct public management.

Farris said a 40-year lease "would be almost tantamount to
owning the facility.''


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