Visitors 0
Modified 31-May-16
Created 30-May-16
5 photos

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park, at the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin.
The entry portal to the memorial is framed by two towering mounds of pink granite, “The Mountain of Despair.” Out of them (when viewed from the entrance to the memorial) a huge slab, “The Stone of Hope,” thrusts into an open plaza on the Tidal Basin. The words “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope,” taken from the “Dream” speech, are inscribed on one side of the stone. The words “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness,” were originally inscribed on the other side. However, in response to protest over what some saw as a sense of self-aggrandizement conveyed by this paraphrase of a statement King once made about himself, it was decided in 2012 to change the inscription to more accurately represent King’s full statement: “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness.” Emerging from the front of the stone is a 30ft likeness of King by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin. Arcing from the portal around the memorial’s plaza is a 450ft crescent-shaped wall on which are emblazoned 14 quotations from King on the themes of justice, democracy, love, and hope.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - 30 Apr 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - 30 Apr 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - 30 Apr 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - 30 Apr 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - 30 Apr 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - 30 Apr 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - 30 Apr 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - 30 Apr 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - 30 Apr 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - 30 Apr 2016

Categories & Keywords
Category:
Subcategory:
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords: