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Memphis business owner savors chance to work at historic site

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Inside a small workshop on Broad Avenue, Tony Randall works on doors.

"It can get pretty hum-drum doing the same thing like doors all the time," he said Tuesday.

While a typical day can be somewhat mundane, Randall said his current assignment is definitely not.  The doors he was working on Tuesday are quite historical.

"One of them is from actual room that Martin Luther King last opened," he said.

The National Civil Right Museum is restoring the Lorraine Motel.  As part of the project, crews will replace the building's old wooden doors.

"They're going to wear out over time," Randall said. "They couldn't last forever. Now it's time to change them."

Randall's tiny, two-man business got the contract.  Each door differs slightly in height, width, and hardware placement.

Required to measure every door, the job took Randall onto the balcony at the Lorraine Motel - even into room 306.

"I enjoyed that because I'll probably never get to go again," he said.

It was extremely rare experience, offering Randall not only a greater appreciation of history, but a small place in it, too.

"Hopefully these will still be here," he said.

The new doors will be painted, and then attached using the original hinges, doorknobs, and room numbers, with as many of the original parts as possible.

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