Judge Orders Bernice King to Turn Over MLK's Bible, Nobel Peace Prize

The items are to be placed in a safe deposit box until a dispute with her brothers over the items is settled.

Posted: 02/20/2014 09:49 AM EST

A court has now stepped in to help settle a feud between Martin Luther King Jr.'s children over the late civil rights leader's most prized items.  

A Georgia judge ordered Bernice King Wednesday to turn over Martin Luther King Jr.'s bible and Nobel Peace Prize to be placed in a safe deposit box until a dispute with her brothers over the items is worked out. Only the court will have access to the keys.

King has been acting as "gatekeeper" of the items, according to her attorney. But her brothers, who control the estate, sued her to turn them over in January. Judge Robert McBurney said it is likely that the estate will show that the bible and award belong to the estate. 

Earlier this month, King accused her brothers of wanting to sell them. “I am absolutely opposed to the selling of these extremely sacred items and I expressed my opposition to my brothers,” King’s only surviving daughter said in a statement.

“Our father must be turning in his grave,” she said.

The traveling bible being fought over was used to swear in President Barack Obama for his second term.


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