Bodies of Coretta and Martin Luther King now resting together in new crypt

Saturday, November 18th 2006, 5:03 pm
By: News On 6

ATLANTA (AP) Ten months after her death, Coretta Scott King is in her final resting place next to her husband, slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The single crypt that had housed Martin Luther King Jr.'s body at the grounds of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change has been replaced by a larger one, and Coretta Scott King's body has been moved to it from a temporary grave.

The new grave site is slated to open Monday.

Coretta Scott King, 78, died January 30th of complications from a stroke and ovarian cancer.

This is technically the third grave for Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in Memphis in 1968.

He was initially buried at South-View Cemetery in Atlanta near the graves of his parents and maternal grandparents. When Coretta Scott King built the King Center, she moved her husband's body to the grounds next to Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he preached.