Museum renovations will allow visitors closer to balcony where MLK was shot

(WMC-TV) - The National Civil Rights Museum is getting ready to make some major renovations. Even though parts of the museum will be closed off during the construction work, it will give you a chance to get closer to where Doctor Martin Luther King Junior last stood.

If you talk to anyone who has visited Memphis' National Civil Rights Museum, you are bound to hear a lot of emotion.

"MLK was one of the greatest Americans that ever lived, so I just couldn't get out of town without coming here. This is definitely sacred, hollow ground to me," said Seattle resident Stephan Plummer.

And now, the museum is getting ready for millions of dollars in renovations.

Next month, museum president Beverly Robertson will roll out a huge media campaign complete with satellite shots and other promotions aimed at telling people the museum's story.

"This was our history and we lived through this and so to see it again brings back memories," said Delaware resident Joyce Hill.

"We lived during this time and I just want to say I remember with all my heart," said Los Angeles resident Judy Garcia.

Special plans are underway that will allow visitors the opportunity to get closer to the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King was shot and killed.

"That would entice me to come back on the trip this way, I would definitely come back again," said Delaware resident James Hill.

Renovations to the museum are expected to take just over one year to complete.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.