Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Lorraine Motel

Marker ID: THC 4E 95
Location: 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.07    W 090° 3.468
  35.1345    -90.0578
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMY7MY


The Lorraine Motel

Originally the Windsor Hotel (c. 1925) and later one of only a few hotels for Blacks, it hosted such entertainers as Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, B.B. King, and Nat King Cole. Walter and Loree Bailey bought it in 1942, renaming it the Lorraine. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated outside Room 306 on April 4, 1968, making it a symbol for the civil rights movement. In 1982, a local nonprofit group saved the site from foreclosure for use as America's first civil rights museum.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.