Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C
Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is located in Washington, D.C., just southwest of the National Mall near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Its placement is intended to create a sightline from the Lincoln Memorial, where King first gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, to the Jefferson Memorial. Situated at 1964 Independence Avenue Southwest, in honor of the year the historic Civil Rights Act was passed into law, the monument commemorates one of the greatest African American leaders in United States’ history.
The 30-foot high centerpiece of the memorial, resembling Dr. King himself and placed in front of two other massive pieces of granite, is designed to symbolize a “stone of hope” amidst a “mountain of despair”, a symbolic representation of a line from the humanitarian’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Nearby, an inscription wall approximately 450 feet in length bears passages and quotes from many of Dr. King’s other speeches and sermons. Additional inscriptions on the stone of hope propagate King’s messages of hope, peace, and justice. Notably, the memorial is the first on and near the National Mall honoring an African American.
Any visit to the Washington, D.C. metro area should include a trip to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. Not only is it an honorable tribute to United States history and the civil rights movement, but a stunning sculpture with a strong message for any visitor.
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