Ala. group looks to turn jail cell into exhibit

Posted at 5:49 PM, Sep 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-05 13:53:36-04

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — 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.

The group, Open Door to History, hopes to raise $60,000 to by Jan. 15 to open an exhibit on the fourth floor of the Bessemer courthouse, where the jail is located. Organizers say they'd like to host an exhibit there through the end of February 2014.