Today, Thursday, April 14th, 2011, began much like the others. In chaos. We were scheduled to leave at 8:30. Easier said than done, especially when we’re talking about 13 teenagers. When 8:30 rolled around, Dawson and Jaylen were nowhere to be found. They missed their wake-up call, and had to skip breakfast. Everyone went out to the cars and got ready to leave, but now Alden, Kaitlin and Zoe had gone back up to their room. They came back down at 8:35, and we were ready to go. Or maybe not… Augusto managed to sneak away to the bathroom without telling anyone. Jaylen was promptly sent inside to find him. However, just as he went in, Augusto came back out. and we had to wait for Jaylen to return. Finally, when Jaylen returned, we dispersed to our different cars and hit the road. Although we were behind schedule, at least we were on our way to the Civil Rights Museum, we thought. What we didn’t know was that the GPS in Mrs. Post’s car wasn’t guiding us on any particular route; she was just winging it. There was a scramble to get the GPS working before we really needed it. We finally reached the National Civil Rights Museum, Lorraine Motel, each of us with our fair share of stress and adventure for that morning.
When we got inside, we watched a short civil rights video. That was followed by an interesting audio of the museum. Some things were a review, while others were new information. We got to see the actual room where Martin Luther King, Jr., stayed before he was shot. Overall, it was extremely interesting. Next, we crossed the street to see where the bullet was shot from. This was particularly interesting because we got to see actual evidence from the case. We saw the bullet that was removed from MLK’s chest, the gun he was shot with, the get-away vehicle, among other objects. The purpose of this is for the tourist to formulate his own theory on what and who actually killed MLK, Jr. Was it really James Earl Ray? Or could Ray have been framed by Hoover and the FBI or the mafia in Memphis? To this day Martin Luther King’s death is a mystery, and it seems it shall remain that way forever.
Austin, Ryan and Augusto