It’s the little things: Ashtrays in Alabama


I traveled down to Montgomery, AL to visit the Dexter Ave. Parsonage. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family resided in this home during a 1956 bombing attack.  One of the most amazing things presented was the that MLK was a “closet” chain smoker – they had ashtrays throughout the entire house.  This was done to make sure that you left that house museum knowing that MLK was flawed – not  perfect.  They told the story of his human side – such a rare message for a house museum.   (Image: John F. Yeagley)

On MLK’s desk sat a photo of his wife, a Bible, a book by Gandhi, and one of his many, many ashtrays. (Image: John F. Yeagley)

This is the home where MLK , Coretta and their newborn were living when a bomb was thrown onto the porch.  I traveled there and spoke to the Executive Director and was given a great tour.

This is the home where MLK , Coretta and their newborn were living when a bomb was thrown onto the porch January 30th, 1956.    (Image: Franklin D. Vagnone)

 

The damaged porch of MLK’s Montgomery home. (Image: blogspot.com)

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