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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is in West Potomac Park next to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States.[1]

It covers four acres (1.6 ha) and includes the Stone of Hope, a granite statue of Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King. The inspiration for the memorial design is a line from King's "I Have A Dream" speech: "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."

The memorial opened to the public on August 22, 2011, after more than twenty years of planning, fund-raising, and construction.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The National Mall". National Mall Plan (PDF). Vol. Foundation statement for the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Park. National Park Service. pp. 6–10. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
  2. Tavernise, Sabrina (August 23, 2011). "A Dream Fulfilled, Martin Luther King Memorial Opens". The New York Times.
  3. Cooper, Rachel. "Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC: Building a Memorial Honoring Martin Luther King Jr". About.com (part of The New York Times Company). Archived from the original on April 1, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2011.