The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Tree
Martin Luther King, Jr.
This tree named in honor of Dr. King, January 14, 1983
Location. 38° 53.31′ N, 77° 1.728′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Jefferson Dr. SW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is at the base of a tree on the Northeast Lawn of the USDA building on the National Mall. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bradford Pear Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Bald Cypress (within shouting distance of this marker); USDA Holocaust Memorial Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Grain Inspection Service (within shouting distance of this marker); USDA Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Steven Thomas Stefani IV Knapp Memorial Arch (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Knapp Memorial Arch (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Tree. This marker was the first marker to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall. The date is one day before Dr. King's birthday on January 15. This same year of 1983 President Reagan went on to sign a law (Public Law 98-144) honoring Dr. King with a federal holiday. Interestingly, the same quote on this marker can also be found on the Dr. King memorial near the Tidal Basin.
USDA archives noted that King's widow, Coretta Scott King, continued planting trees in his honor with the USDA, for example "Highlighting ceremonies across the Nation in honor of the 55th birthday anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mrs. Coretta Scott King
participated with Congressional representatives, USDA officials, and 200 school children in a tree planting ceremony January 9, 1984, on the East Grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The tree - an American elm — was donated by the Forest Service. Also participating in the tree dedication were Deputy Secretary Richard Lyng (left) and John B. Crowell (right), assistant secretary for
natural resources and environment."
(USDA Employee Newsletter 43:2, Jan. 25, 1984)
Also see . . . Reagan's remarks upon signing the MLK holiday bill. (Submitted on December 6, 2013, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights •
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