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Bill Clinton pays tribute to D'Army Bailey's efforts to preserve hotel where King was slain

  • Former President Bill Clinton gives a eulogy during the funeral for Judge D'Army Bailey at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Memphis, Tenn. Bailey helped preserve the Memphis hotel where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and turn it into the National Civil Rights Museum. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Former President Bill Clinton gives a eulogy during the funeral for Judge D'Army Bailey at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Memphis, Tenn. Bailey helped preserve the Memphis hotel where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and turn it into the National Civil Rights Museum. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Former President Bill Clinton, left, sings a hymn during the funeral for Judge D'Army Bailey at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. Bailey helped preserve the Memphis hotel where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and turn it into the National Civil Rights Museum. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Former President Bill Clinton, left, sings a hymn during the funeral for Judge D'Army Bailey at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. Bailey helped preserve the Memphis hotel where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and turn it into the National Civil Rights Museum. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Former President Bill Clinton has led the eulogies for D'Army Bailey, a lawyer and judge who helped preserve the Memphis hotel where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and turn it into the National Civil Rights Museum.

Bailey died last Sunday at age 73 after a long illness.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1MhNoOn ) reports that at his funeral Saturday, Clinton said the Lorraine Motel might be a parking lot without Bailey's efforts. Bailey assembled donors to buy the hotel, which ultimately became the National Civil Rights Museum in 1991.

Bailey practiced civil rights law in New York before moving to California. He served on the Berkeley, California, city council from 1971 until 1973.

He later returned home to Memphis, where he practiced law and served as a judge.