King Papers, Back in Atlanta, Will Be Placed on Display

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A collection of some 10,000 papers, books and other personal items that belonged to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been returned to Atlanta and will go on public display in January, officials at Morehouse College announced Monday.

The material, which has been housed at Sotheby’s, the New York auction house, since 2003, was saved from the auction block in June after a group of business and civic leaders, led by Mayor Shirley Franklin of Atlanta, raised $32 million to buy the papers from the King family.

Last month, some 70 boxes of the material arrived in Atlanta in an armored, air-conditioned FedEx truck. Since then, archivists and librarians have begun to catalog the papers in preparation for the public exhibit, which begins on what would have been Dr. King’s 78th birthday on Jan. 15.

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