MLK thank-you letter to Philly officer for sale

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 3, 2013 10:38 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- A dealer of rare historic documents is selling a letter Martin Luther King Jr. sent to a Philadelphia police officer.

In the May 21, 1965, note, King thanks Sgt. James Adair, a white Philadelphia police officer on security detail for King's May 1 visit to the University of Pennsylvania.

The civil rights leader says he doesn't think security is necessary most of the time, but he says it's "comforting and humbling to know" people are concerned about his welfare.

Less than three years late King was assassinated in Memphis.

The Raab Collection in Philadelphia has set the price at $10,500 for the letter, which was passed down through the police sergeant's family until descendants who wish to remain anonymous recently decided to put it up for sale.

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