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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
 
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Photographed By Richard E. Miller, March 26, 2011
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker
Inscription.  
“With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream,” August 28, 1963.

With a combined length of approximately 500 feet, the granite “Inscription Wall” arcs on either side of the Mountain of Despair, engraved with Dr. King’s speeches and writings which embody the universal themes of love, justice, democracy and hope.

Master sculptor Lei Yixin’s masterpiece, the “Stone of Hope,” includes a 28 foot tall statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. emerging from the granite.

The main entrance to the memorial is through the “Mountain of Despair,” a massive boulder symbolizing the struggle faced in the quest for peace and equality. From within the struggle, a piece has been removed and thrust into the open plaza, the “Stone
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of Hope.”

The memorial is strategically placed on a direct line between the Lincoln Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. gazes across the Tidal Basin toward the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the promise of freedom found within the Declaration of Independence.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy to the world is of love, justice, democracy and hope. The Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. was established on May 28, 1998 to coordinate the development, funding, and the construction of a memorial on the grounds of the National Mall. President William Jefferson Clinton signed a Joint Congressional Resolution authorizing the building of a memorial on July 16, 1998.

• Designer: ROMA Design Group of San Francisco.
• Architect of Record: McKissack & McKissack.
• Contractor: McKissack & McKissack / Turner Construction / Tompkins Builders / Gilford Corporation Design-Build Joint Venture.
• Sculptor of Record: Master Sculptor Lei Yixin.
• Projected Cost: $120 Million.
• Projected Completion Date: Late 2011.

For more information, and to view a webcam of construction, please visit… http://www.mlkmemorial.org/
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, March 26, 2011
2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker

 
Erected 2011 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsGovernment & PoliticsPeace. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #42 William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1864.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 38° 53.154′ N, 77° 2.651′ W. Marker was in Southwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It was in The Tidal Basin. Marker was at the intersection of Independence Avenue Southwest and West Basin Drive Southwest, on the left when traveling east on Independence Avenue Southwest. Marker is on the pedestrian walkway at the north-northwest edge of the Tidal Basin, between Independence Avenue and Ohio Drive Southwest, just east of West Basin Drive Southwest and the MLK Memorial construction site. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1964 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington DC 20024, United States of America.

We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial construction site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, March 26, 2011
3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial construction site
- behind fence off the Tidal Basin.

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. District of Columbia War Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named District of Columbia War Memorial (about 600 feet away); The First Japanese Cherry Trees (about 700 feet away); A Carefully Crafted Image (about 800 feet away); Nothing to Fear… (about 800 feet away); Canada's Gift to the United States (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Symbol of International Friendship (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lighting the Way (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest Washington.
 
More about this memorial.
[Illustrations]:
“Build the Dream” (Logo of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation).

The model for the Memorial’s winning design.

Artist renderings of the “Inscription Wall”, the “Stone of Hope” sculpture, and the “Mountain of Despair” boulder – with arrows pointing to their locations on an overview of the memorial site.

Map of the Tidal Basin area, showing the MLK Memorial site in relation to major memorials nearby.
 
Also see . . .
1. "Artist Lei Yixin faced controversy ...". Chinese Culture
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, March 26, 2011
4. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker
- view northward toward the Washington Monument, beyond the cherry trees in bloom.
Online reprint (PDF) (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. "At Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, a joyous crowd.". The Washington Post website entry:
By Michael E. Ruane and Jeannine Hunter, August 22, 2011 (Submitted on August 23, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

3. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Wikipedia entry:
... The memorial is a result of an early effort of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated to erect a monument to King. ... (Submitted on September 5, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

4. "I Am A Man": Dr. King and the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike. YouYube video, 9m 58s (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, March 26, 2011
5. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker
- view from near the marker, through the cherry blossoms toward the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial construction site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, March 26, 2011
6. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial construction site
- the MLK "Stone of Hope" sculpture, presently obscured by screens and scaffolding.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Felecia G Jones, March 18, 2011
7. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
circa March 2011
8. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker
Watching the construction workers enjoying the view.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Opening! image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Felecia G Jones, August 22, 2011
9. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Opening!
Mr. Kenney Kluttz in front of statue.
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Photographed By Felecia G Jones, August 22, 2011
10. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker on Opening Day image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Felecia G Jones, August 22, 2011
11. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker on Opening Day
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Photographed By Felecia G Jones, August 22, 2011
12. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Marker
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 22, 2011
13. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
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Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 22, 2011
14. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
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Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 22, 2011
15. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 22, 2011
16. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
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Photographed By Richard E. Miller, August 22, 2011
17. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,854 times since then and 80 times this year. Last updated on August 23, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. It was the Marker of the Week January 17, 2016. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 27, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   7. submitted on March 31, 2011, by Felecia G Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   8. submitted on April 19, 2011, by Felecia G Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on August 31, 2011, by Felecia G Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   13, 14, 15. submitted on August 22, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   16, 17. submitted on August 23, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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