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Daily Black History Facts for April 4th
1968: Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel
in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of
39. King was rushed to St. Joseph’s
Hospital, where he was pronounced
dead at 7:05pm that evening. James
Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri
State Penitentiary, was arrested on
June 8, 1968 in London at Heathrow
Airport, extradited to the United
States, and charged with the crime.
On March 10, 1969, Ray entered
a plea of guilty and was sentenced
to 99 years in the Tennessee State
Penitentiary. Ray later made many
attempts to withdraw his guilty
plea and be tried by a jury, but was
unsuccessful; he died in prison on
April 23, 1998, at the age of 70.
1993: 2 Mississippi Black churches
were burned down by 3 white teens
yelling racist remarks. It would
later become growing trend during
that time where Southern churches
succumbed to arson during in the
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