MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The National Civil Rights Museum is announcing a new grant that is expected to help pay for improvements to the facility.
In October 2011, the museum announced a public campaign to raise $40 million for a major renovation of the facility located at the old Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on April 4, 1968.
The museum chronicles the history of the civil rights movement and features the room where King stayed while he was in Memphis supporting a sanitation workers strike. Planned renovations include updating and expanding existing exhibits, enlarging the main lobby and installing larger public and community meeting rooms.
The museum has scheduled a Thursday morning news conference to disclose the grant amount, where it comes from and how it will be used.