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Old Bessemer Jail to become Martin Luther King museum

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Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown, Sheriff Mike Hale and Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley held a news conference this afternoon to announce plans of converting the old Bessemer jail into a museum commemorating,  Martin Luther King, Jr's arrest. The museum will share King's experience in the jail in 1967

October 30, 1967, King was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail in Bessemer to serve the remaining three days of a four day sentence that was ordered in Birmingham in 1963. The museum will display artifacts from that stay in 1967. Along with King was his brother A.D. King, Wyatt T. Walker, and Ralph Abernathy.

It will cost at least $60,000 to run the museum, which will open January 15, 2014 until February 28, 2014.  All funding for the museum is private and donations can be made, starting September 5, 2013, at opendoorhistory.com

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