LIFE EXCLUSIVE: The Day MLK Died – The Shooting of MLK: A Hidden History

Paul Schutzer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Paul Schutzer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

The Shooting of MLK: A Hidden History

On April 4, 1968, LIFE photographer Henry Groskinsky and writer Mike Silva, on assignment in Alabama, learned that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. They raced to the scene and there, incredibly, had unfettered access to the hotel grounds, Dr. King’s room, and the surrounding area. For reasons that have been lost in the intervening years, the photographs taken that night and the next day were never published. Until now …

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