Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park
—The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. —
This park honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. was inspired by Dr. King’s last speech entitled “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” He delivered the speech in Memphis, Tennessee the night before he was assassinated. He was there in support of striking sanitation workers. Dr. King’s legacy embodied in this memorial will give everyone regardless of racial or ethnic background an opportunity to remember him personally and to reflect on his teachings. Our children and their children will always be reminded of the need to eliminate poverty and racism.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee has dedicated this memorial park to the slain civil rights leader so that Dr. King’s dream for us all will never die. Through this effort, it is the hope to bring together the communities of the greater Puget Sound area, the State of Washington, and the nation in a tribute to this great American who lived in a manner to benefit each of us.
Nationally known Seattle sculptor Robert W. Kelly was commissioned to create a structure that would be the centerpiece of the memorial. Kelly conceived the idea of a symbolic mountain, difficult and perilous to climb, yet interspersed with plateaus of rest and reflection.
The shape of the memorial was inspired by African sculptural form. Three elements create a vertical assent
Robert Kelly died in an accident in April 1989. His vision for the project has become a reality, thanks to the devotion to its completion by the committee. Bob’s dedication as an educator and sculptor and his passion for life inspired others. May his commemoration of Dr. King’s life encourage each of us to achieve Dr. King’s dream of eliminating war, racism and poverty and achieving justice for all people.
Dedicated November 18, 1991.
Erected 1991 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
Location. 47° 34.975′ N, 122° 17.82′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker can be reached from Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S. south of S. Walker Street. Click for map. Marker is east of the memorial sculpture in the MLK, Jr. Memorial Park. Marker is at
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chinese American Soldiers Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Union Station (approx. 1.8 miles away); King Street Station (approx. 1.9 miles away); Great Northern Tunnel (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Goldsmith Building (approx. 1.9 miles away); The White Chapel District (approx. 2 miles away); Lou Graham’s Sporting House (approx. 2 miles away); UPS - Celebrating 100 years of Service (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Seattle.
Also see . . .
1. King County, WA: namesake and logo update.
2. MLK's visit to Seattle, 1961.
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Civil Rights • Notable Persons • Peace • Politics • War, Vietnam •
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