MLK Exhibit Coming to Our Area

‘Carrying the Dream’ is scheduled to make stops at Ruston and Natchitoches during an upcoming tour of the state.  It is a display of the hearse that carried the body of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., following his assassination in Memphis in 1968.

The “Carrying the Dream” exhibit will be on display at the LSHOF Jan 20-Feb. 5 presented in partnership with Raising Cane’s, the University of Louisiana System’s Reginald F. Lewis scholarship program and Northwestern State University.  It will be on display in Ruston Jan. 16 – Jan. 18.  It will be in the Louisiana Tech Student Center.

In addition to the hearse, the exhibit will also feature regional civil rights artifacts, a Civil Rights art piece produced by artist and Reginald F. Lewis Scholar Robert Hill and screenings of the documentary “I am MLK Jr.” which celebrates the life and explores the character of the American icon. 

The Reginald F. Lewis Scholars are working to ensure the tour’s success through various roles.  “This exhibit provides our scholars the opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than themselves,” UL System President Dr. Jim Henderson said. “Honoring the legacy of Dr. King will inspire them to dream even bigger as individuals and for others.”

Tour stop information is available below.

Jan. 16 – Jan. 18


Location: Louisiana Tech Student Center, 100 Wisteria Lane

Times: Sunday noon – 8 p.m., Monday – Tuesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Partners: Louisiana Tech, Grambling State University, ULM

Jan. 20 – Feb. 5


Location: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front St. 

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Partners: Northwestern State University, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

Feb. 7 – Feb. 10

Lake Charles

Location: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Dr. 

Times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Partners: McNeese State University, City of Lake Charles, Ward 3 Marshall Nathan Keller

Feb. 14 – Feb. 19


Location: Blackham Coliseum, 2330 Johnston St.

Times: TBD

Partners: University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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