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Martin Luther King Jr. shooting site balcony to be open to public

Martin Luther King Jr., second right, and SCLC aides Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson Jr., from left, and Ralph Abernathy return to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis to strategize for the second Sanitation Worker's march led by King in this April 3, 1968 file photo. King was shot dead on the balcony April 4, 1968. The photograph is part of the exhibition "From Memphis to Atlanta: The Drum Major Returns Home" at Atlanta's Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site April 4-August 31, 2008.

November 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The balcony where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot will soon be open to the public.

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. was built around, and includes, the Lorraine Hotel. That's where King was staying when he was assassinated in 1968.

Visitors had been able to see the balcony where King was shot but couldn't stand on it. Museum officials hope to open the balcony Nov. 19.

The boardinghouse from which James Earl Ray shot at King will also be opened.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.