Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at Quinn Chapel on the South Side of Chicago, 1960s
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The family of Martin Luther King Jr. has settled a disagreement over what to do with the civil rights icon's 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal, although the terms of the settlement are not exactly known, Reuters reports.

A judge confirmed that the matter was settled in an Atlanta court Monday. The trial to settle the yearslong dispute—one that has long put King's two sons at odds with their sister—had been scheduled to start that very same day.


The three siblings, Reuters notes, are directors of a corporation that was formed to manage the estate of King, who had no will at the time of his 1968 assassination.

In 2014 Martin Luther King III and his brother, Dexter King, voted to sell the medal and the Bible their father had carried with him during the civil rights movement. Their sister Bernice King opposed the sale, saying that the items were "sacred" to the family.

Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney had ordered the items to be locked in a court-controlled safe-deposit box pending the outcome of the case. However, on Monday, McBurney announced that the keys to the box would be given to Martin Luther King III, the chairman of the estate board, per the request of both parties in the motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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