Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Title

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Description

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was dedicated on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. King's college fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha originally proposed a memorial to the civil rights leader on the Mall in 1984; a dozen years later in 1996, Congress approved a joint resolution authorizing the project.

Source

National Park Service

Date

08/28/2011 (Dedicated)

Coverage

Physical Description

Made of solid granite, the monument depicts the Mountain of Despair out of which the Stone of Hope has been cut. The figure of Dr. King has been carved from the Stone, standing in quiet reflection. The gap left within the Mountain allows the visitor a clear view of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, connecting King's work to secure freedom for all to the legacy of the founding fathers. Around the memorial there is a wall of quotes, representing Dr. King’s ideals of hope, democracy and love, flanking the Mountain of Despair and encircling the Stone of Hope.

URL

http://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm

Type

Description

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was dedicated on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. King's college fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha originally proposed a memorial to the civil rights leader on the Mall in 1984; a dozen years later in 1996, Congress approved a joint resolution authorizing the project.

Creator

Master Lei Yixin

Date

08/28/2011 (Dedicated)

Coverage

2000-present

Source

National Park Service