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Hometown Hero: MLK Jr. Museum in Dallas

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A room measuring just 20x20 is packed with discovery at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum in Dallas.

The new facility is inside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center on MLK, Jr. Blvd. in south Dallas. The soft opening was held on Jan. 15, which would have been Dr. King's 85th birthday. The Grand Opening takes place Feb. 3.

The museum follows the civil rights struggle through books, art, artifacts and interactive screens.

Tour guide, Emma Rodgers, brought history alive to a group of young people the day we were there. Did you know that the Nobel Peace Prize winner wasn't born Martin Luther King, Jr.? His name was the same as his father's...Michael Lawrence King. His dad so admired the 1400's theologian; Martin Luther...that he changed his name and his son's name to reflect the man who led the Protestant Reformation.

You'll learn about Dr. King and so many other figures who helped make the civil rights struggle in America successful.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum will be open by appointment Tuesday-Friday. To make a reservation for a free tour or to donate civil rights artifacts or record a civil rights oral history call 214.670.8418 or go to www.mlkcelebrationdallas.org.

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