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James Earl Ray

FBI photo of James Earl Ray. Ray assassinated Rev. Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. (photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)

Looking Back On 45 Years Since MLK Assassination

The civil rights leader was shot to death at the age of 39 as he stood on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Shortly after the assassination, James Earl Ray was arrested and later pleaded guilty to killing King.

04/04/2013