MLK exhibit featured at old Bessemer jail

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and held in the Bessemer jail.

Now, the city of Bessemer and Jefferson County are turning the old jailhouse into a museum to honor Dr. King and his fight for equality. The fourth floor of the old Bessemer courthouse will be transformed into an exhibit that chronicles Dr.{} King's incarceration. The exhibit will feature several historical items from the night Dr. King was arrested. October 30, 1967.

King was arrested on a contempt of court charge.

Some of the artifacts include the booking log with his signature, the warrant docket, and the jail doors from that time.

"This exhibit is going to be so significant to the city of Bessemer. To have this documented in such a way that it does give you chills," says Bessemer mayor Kenneth Gulley

The exhibit is slated to open to the public on January 15, 2014, King's birthday. It will remain open until February 28, 2014.

The exhibit will only honor reservations, so if you want to see it, click here to make your reservation.