Legislators to consider ownership of Civil Rights Museum

MEMPHIS , Tenn. (AP) - Shelby County lawmakers are expected to make a recommendation in the next few weeks about the future ownership of the national Civil Rights Museum.

The legislators will advise the State Building Commission by the end of September on whether to allow the museum to be taken over from the state by the attraction's nonprofit foundation.

The state has leased the property to the foundation since plans for the museum began in 1987.

The current lease expires September 30. The museum is at the site of the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated.

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