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Balcony where MLK was shot opens to public for first time

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Visitors to Memphis, Tennessee's National Civil Rights Museum were able to experience something for the first time on Monday.

That's because the balcony where civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated was opened to the public.

However, it is only open for a limited time while the facility undergoes a year-long renovation.

The museum, which opened in 1991, was built around the Lorraine Motel on Mulberry Street where Dr. King was gunned down in April of 1968.