MOUNT VERNON — Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was killed at a motel in Memphis with a single bullet by an assassin. The news quickly spread across the country and in Knox County the news resonated throughout the community.

As the country watched the story unfold, 12 ministers gathered to serve as a united front and issued a statement of solidarity to denounce the actions of the gunman.

“We deplore the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis, Tenn.,” the News reported April 6.


Samantha Scoles: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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