Martin Luther King Jr.

No Martin Luther King artifacts will be at new African-American museum. Here's why.

No Martin Luther King artifacts will be at new African-American museum. Here's why.

Martin Luther King's children called the museum with an intriguing invitation.

They had something they knew the National Museum of African American History and Culture wanted. So in January, curator Rex Ellis headed to Atlanta, slipped on a pair of white gloves, and carefully turned the pages of King's traveling Bible. The public last saw it during President Barack Obama's second inauguration when it was borrowed from the family.

"It was heavier than I thought it would be," remembers Ellis, the museum's associate director of curatorial affairs. "Not only was it the weight of the object itself but the weight of what it was. You're holding it like it's a baby. I...

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