MLK’s Bible, Nobel Prize held in safe deposit box in family dispute – CNN.com

| February 20, 2014

Atlanta (CNN) — Locked in a battle with her brothers over their family treasures, the daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. said Thursday she’d once considered lending them but never selling them.

Bernice King says her brothers’ plan to sell their father’s Bible and the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded 1964. Dexter and Martin Luther King III have sued to force their sister to turn over those items, and a judge has ordered the items stored in a safe deposit box that only the court can open until the case is resolved.…

In court papers, the King brothers submitted an e-mail inventory Bernice King wrote in 2007 that divided items from the estate of the civil rights leader into four categories: those she would be willing to sell, including the Spingarn Medal; items she would not be willing to sell, but might consider lending, such as the Nobel Peace Prize and Bible; items that had questions associated with them; and items she would have to examine before deciding.

But in Thursday’s statement, Bernice King said that now, “I would not support the sale of most of the memorabilia listed in the 2007 e-mail.”…

Wednesday, Fulton County Superior Judge Robert McBurney ordered the disputed items placed “in a safe deposit box in an unknown location.” But he warned Bernice King it was likely that her brothers would be able to show “the Bible and peace prize are possessions of the estate.”…

This is not the first time the family has been at odds over King’s legacy. Over the years, the siblings have sued and countersued one another.

Bernice King and Martin Luther King III sued Dexter King in 2008, accusing him of converting “substantial funds from the estate’s financial account at Bank of America” for his own use. They agreed to a settlement, thereby avoiding a trial.

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