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Mansfield in Richland County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

 
 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (front) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (front)
Inscription.  Memorial Reverse:
“Now it doesn't matter.
(go ahead! go ahead! Sounding from the audience.)
It really doesn't matter what happens now.
I don't know what will happen now.
We've got some difficult days ahead, (yeah! oh yes!)
But it really doesn't matter with me now. (oh, yes!)
Because I've been to the mountaintop.
(cries and applause)

Like anybody I would like to live a long life.
Longevity has its place.
But I am not concerned about that now.
I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me
to go up the mountain, (go ahead)
And I've looked over, (yes doctor)
And I've seen the Promised Land. (go ahead, doctor)
And I may not get there with you.
(yes sir, go ahead)

But I want you to know tonight that
we as a people will get to
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the Promised Land.
(applause, cries, go ahead, go ahead)
So I am happy tonight. I'm not worried
about anything. I'm not fearing any man.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the
coming of the Lord. (cries and applause)

I have the dream this afternoon that
the brotherhood of man will become a reality.
With this faith, I will go out and carve
a tunnel of hope from the mountain of despair.
With this faith, we will be able to achieve

this new day, when all of God's children-
black men and white men,
Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics-
will be able to join hands and sing
with Negroes in the spiritual of old,
‘Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God almighty we are free at last.’”

This speech, made to the Sanitation Workers of Memphis, Tennessee, (April 3rd, 1968) the night before Dr. King's assassination

Dedication:
This memorial, dedicated on June 15, 2007, is the result of the visionary efforts of Betty Palmer-Harris and a committee
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Reverse
of diverse individuals, businesses, labor unions, and public entities co-chaired by Norbert and Barbara Peiker and Dr. James Harris and Betty Palmer-Harris.

A paved walkway lined by 39 boulders symbolizes the years of Dr. King's life on earth. The black granite wall, quarried in Zimbabwe, is etched with images and quotes that exemplify Dr. King's efforts to secure for every American the right to pursue the American dream.

The bronze bust of a young Dr. King was sculptured by artist Dale Slavin.
 
Erected 2007 by People of Mansfield.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 15, 2007.
 
Location. 40° 45.528′ N, 82° 30.86′ W. Marker is in Mansfield, Ohio, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of Diamond Street (Ohio Route 13) and Park Street North, on the left when traveling
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
3. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication
north on Diamond Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mansfield OH 44902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Religious Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Col. Jared Mansfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Vasbinder Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Richland County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Highway Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Richland County Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Allen J. (A. J.) Vandayburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Richland County Soldiers' Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mansfield.
 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
4. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Statue
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
5. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Rocks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
6. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Rocks
Among the 39 rocks representing each year of MLK Jr's life.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., June 6, 2009
7. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Donors image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 5, 2021
8. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Donors
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 3,232 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 15, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   8. submitted on September 6, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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