It’s no secret that Martin Luther King is my all-time, favourite historical figure. It was on this day on April 4, 1968 that he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Here’s a photo by Henry Groskinsky from Life magazine of Martin Luther King’s suitcase as it was found in his room that night. Here’s the caption:
“Martin Luther King, Jr.’s neatly packed, monogrammed briefcase in his room at the Lorraine Motel, April 4, 1968 — with his brush, his pajamas, a can of shaving cream and his book, Strength to Love, visible in the pocket.”
It’s weird looking at the suitcase of such a famous historical figure and realizing he had pyjamas just like everyone else.
Random fact: U2’s song ‘(Pride) In the Name of Love’ is about King’s assassination. You can read the lyrics [here].
Second random fact: U2 made a historical mistake (What?! Bono, no!!!) in the lyrics. Part of the song is: “Early morning, April 4. Shot rings out in the Memphis sky.” However, King was murdered around 6pm in the evening.