The Capitol Park Museum is honored to present the 1966 Cadillac Superior Coach hearse that transported the body of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. after his assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1968. The hearse carried King’s body from the hospital to the funeral home and then from the funeral home to the Memphis airport where it was received by his widow, Coretta Scott King. King’s body was flown to Atlanta where he was eventually laid to rest. The hearse will be on display in conjunction with the exhibition Stride Toward Equality: A Legacy of Strength.
An opening reception will be held from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Capitol Park Museum on Tuesday, January 15. The documentary I Am MLK, Jr. will be screened at 6:30 p.m. This documentary explores the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on civil rights through present day.
Visitors can learn more about the history of the civil rights movement in Louisiana in the permanent exhibition, Ground for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation, which is located on the museum’s first floor. Part this exhibition focuses on the Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953, which King saw as a model for the Montgomery Bus Boycott that he helped organized in 1955.