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FILE - This March 13, 2017, file photo, shows a view of the former Lorraine Motel balcony where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. The former motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum. Travelers will find a variety of events and sites in Memphis and elsewhere honoring King's legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death.(AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

While Memphis hotels are mostly filled up for the anniversary of King's death, it's a much more somber event than what the city typically promotes, said Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"The eyes of the world will be on Memphis," Kane said.

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