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National Civil Rights Museum to open balcony

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

It's one of the most impacting spots, visitors say: Seeing the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last stood.

Now, the biggest attraction at the National Civil Rights Museum is about to become accessible to the public for the first time. While the museum is shutting down for year-long renovations after this weekend, officials hope to open the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot at later this month.

"It's going to make it an even more empowering experience just to be right there," says Ristelle James from Maryland, "From the window you can kind of see and look on but to actually be standing at that spot and kind of almost relive the moment is going to really improve the museum."

While museum officials say people will not get to stand right on the spot where King was shot, the plan is still getting mixed reviews.

"A lot of people are going to see that as disrespect," says Jamiesenia Woods, who just moved to Memphis, "I personally think it should be kept closed off because that's where he was really alive and at his last happy moment, I guess you could say."

While the main museum is closing on Monday, the museum's annex, which includes the boarding house where James Earl Ray shot at King, will be open during the renovations.

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