Here’s the caption from the above photo: “Outside of room 306, Theatrice Bailey, the brother of the Lorraine Motel’s owner, cleans blood from the balcony”
This photo is from a series recently posted on the LIFE/Time Inc. website. They were never published in LIFE magazine, but taken by a photographer working for them, Henry Groskinsky, on the night of King’s assassination on April 4, 1968. He drove to Memphis, Tennessee as soon as he heard about the assassination and documented the aftermath at the motel.
The photos are a good reminder of the importance of photojournalism in documenting modern history.