41 years later … a look back at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Of all the times to come out now, apparently there are never-before-seen photos on the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died. Posted on its Web site, http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/24651, Life states “On April 4, 1968, LIFE photographer Henry Groskinsky and writer Mike Silva, on assignment in Alabama, learned that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. They raced to the scene and there, incredibly, had unfettered access to the hotel grounds, Dr. King’s room, and the surrounding area. For reasons that have been lost in the intervening years, the photographs taken that night and the next day were never published. Until now.”

Amazing. Wonder what kept these photos from public view after so many years? Only time will tell.