The world was invited into the honeymoon bed of John Lennon and Yoko Ono between May 26 and June 2, 1969 at Suite 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. It was in this hotel room that Lennon and Ono participated in a protest, but it was not a protest of picket signs or violence; it was a protest composed of bed linens, peaceful expression, and music. It came to be known as a "Bed-In," where the two lovers expressed peace and human solidarity through embrace and song.
The Muhammad Ali Center is currently showing the Give Peace a Chance exhibit, and it "will be on display during 'Abbey Road on the River,' the world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, which runs from May 22-26 in downtown Louisville." This gallery holds many stories and photographs that have never been widely-seen. I had the chance to check it out a few weeks ago, and I was in awe over the framed color and black and white photos, the informative placards, beautiful music that played from John Lennon, and of course, the bed where the peaceful protest took place.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent eight days in their bed, and they entertained celebrities, politicians, and the news media with their message of peace. The Give Peace a Chance exhibit is a tribute to that message, and it is certainly a must-see. Oh, and did I mention that visitors are allowed to sit on the edge of the bed? I definitely took advantage of that opportunity, and every visitor can, but make sure to visit before May 26, 2014 because that is the last day of the display!
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