ATLANTA, GA – A judge on Monday signed an order ending an ownership dispute over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal that had essentially pitted the slain civil rights leader’s two sons against their sister, according to the Associated Press.
The consent order signed by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney says the items are to be released to Martin Luther King III as chairman of the board of his father’s estate but does not indicate what will happen to them after that.
The parties released a joint statement Monday saying the details of the settlement are confidential.
King’s three surviving children — Martin, Dexter Scott King and Bernice King — are the sole shareholders and directors of the estate. Dexter is its president and CEO.
During a board meeting in January 2014, the brothers voted 2-1 against their sister to sell the two artifacts to an unnamed private buyer. The items had long been in Bernice’s possession, and the estate filed suit about a week later asking a judge to order her to surrender them.
Bernice King said at the time that the idea of selling two of their father’s most cherished items was unthinkable. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The Bible was his personal traveling Bible and was used by President Barack Obama during his second inauguration in January 2013.
Source: Associated Press