MLK Fingerprints On Display

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 9:44am

New civil rights exhibit features Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s fingerprints taken after 1964 arrest.

Martin Luther King Jr. did not just leave footprints in St. Augustine, Florida during a 1964 visit.

He also left his fingerprints.

The card used to collect those fingerprints during King's arrest in the historic city went on display at the Excelsior Cultural Center in Lincolnville Tuesday.

King was arrested during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in June 1964.

The new exhibit also includes interviews with people who participated in the Civil Rights Movement.

"Somehow you want to look back on it as a bad dream," said retired Deputy Everett Haney, who arrested King.

Haney said he was not aware at the time of how big a historical moment of which he was a part.

"It brings back so many of the memories of the times we went through and I just sat there watching that museum video and actually praying that it never happens again," Haney said.

Researchers said King was only arrested twice during his campaign for equality; he was booked once in St. Augustine and once in Birmingham, Alabama.
 

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