This March 19, 2014 photo shows a tour guide pressing a touch screen display about anti-segregation protests at the newly-renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).
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One of the first exhibits visitors see at the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis displays statues of shackled and branded black men, sitting in a line with knees near their chins, on the deck of a creaking slave ship headed across an ocean.The main section of the museum is set to reopen April 5, the day after the 46th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis. King was killed on April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of the old Lorraine Motel, which was later converted into the museum in downtown Memphis.The museum, which first opened in 1991, is now ready to show off new, emotionally hard-hitting exhibits and flashy, informative interactive displays. The museum says it attracts 200,000 people every year, but organizers hope the renovations will attract more visitors.Most of the museum closed for renovation in November 2012, except for some exhibits across the street.
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