JEFFERSON COUNTY WILL PRESERVE JAIL REMNANT WHERE MLK WAS HELD

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By JAY REEVES
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama county is taking steps to preserve what’s left of the lockup where officials say Martin Luther King Jr. served his final time behind bars.

Jefferson County commissioners approved a resolution Thursday to memorialize an area inside the county courthouse in Birmingham that used to be a jail.

The county says King was held there in 1967. He served a brief sentence for contempt after losing an appeal on his conviction for demonstrating without a permit years earlier.

King was assassinated about five months later in Memphis, Tennessee.

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1/12/2020 10:56:57 AM (GMT -6:00)

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