The National Civil Rights Museum, formerly the Lorraine Motel, 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, Tennessee, from the series "On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam"
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Inscribed and signed recto, on mount, lower center, along bottom edge, below image, in black ink: "The National Civil Rights Museum, (Formerly the Lorraine Motel,) 450 Mulberry Street, Tennessee, (August 1993) / 1/7 Joel Sternfeld"; unmarked verso
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.
From the series, On This Site: Landscape In Memoriam
Acquired from the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, through an Anonymous Gift
Extended information about this artwork
Art Institute of Chicago, “On This Site,” December 14, 1996 - April 18, 1997.
PaceWildensteinMacGill, Beverly Hills, CA, “On This Site,” April 25 -June 6, 1997.
Art Institute of Chicago, “Floating Museum: A Lion for Every Home,” June 16-October 17, 2022.
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