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New exhibit at Civil Rights Museum honors mediators

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Saturday marks the 41st anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and people from all over the country are expected to come to Memphis to mark the occasion.

The National Civil Rights Museum and the Department of Justice Community Relations Service unveiled a new exhibit Friday honoring the work of Community Relation Service staff members during the civil rights movement.

One of the staff members honored, Ozell Sutton, was sent to Memphis in April of 1968 to mediate racial tensions between sanitation workers and the city.

Sutton was in his from at the Lorraine Motel the day King was shot and killed.

"The whole area of civil rights that we were struggling so hard to achieve, as I look back at it again, comes to me how we got over it," Sutton said.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 created the Community Relations Service, which acts as a peacemaker for community racial conflicts.

Anniversary activities marking 41 years since MLK's death continue throughout the weekend.

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