Open Door to History

Civil Rights
7:36 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Ala. Group Looks to Turn Jail Cell Into Exhibit

The original doors to the jail cell that held MLK and his brother the night before they were transferred to Birmingham.

A nonprofit group is looking to raise money to turn a Bessemer jail cell that held Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists into a tourist attraction.

   WBRC-TV ( reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's office found the original doors to the cell that held King for a night before he was sent to the Birmingham jail for disturbing the peace. Authorities say they still have the docket book with King's name in it and his booking card.