Opening of Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibit delayed

Organizers with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibit at the Bessemer Jail says the exhibit will not be opening next Wednesday.

ABC 33/40 has learned the opening date has been changed to accommodate changes to the exhibit. A spokeswoman says the exhibit will be bigger and better. She says it will be more like a museum, which will be open every day. Originally, the exhibit was scheduled to open on January 15, which is Martin Luther King's birthday. It was originally scheduled to remain open until February 28, 2014. The spokesperson also says architects are being brought in to help with the exhibit.

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 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.

No opening date has been finalized, but another meeting about the exhibit is planned for next week.