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Memorial honoring King opens to public in DC



Published: Mon, August 22, 2011 @ 1:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Visitors got their first up-close look Monday at the memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including a towering granite sculpture inspired by the civil rights leader's "I Have a Dream" speech.

The site opened without fanfare around 11 a.m. to kick off a week of celebrations ahead of Sunday's official dedication. A few hundred people had lined up outside the site by late morning on what was a warm and sunny day in the nation's capital. A stream of people filed into the site, reading some of the 14 quotations from King's speeches inscribed into a 450-foot-long granite wall.

The memorial sits on the National Mall near the Tidal Basin, between memorials honoring Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. The sheer size of the 30-foot sculpture of King sets it apart from the nearby statues of Jefferson and Lincoln, which are both about 20 feet tall.


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years ago

Very impressive statue .

http://www.kimatv.com/news/national/1...

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2whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years ago

Nice pic Stan

that is one hell of an artist. to chisel that granite.

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3dominoman777(57 comments)posted 3 years ago

damn the weebee

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4DoninFL(159 comments)posted 3 years ago

I Had a Dream too, but now we are retired and broke. Cost too much to live in Florida and too hot for too long. Should have stayed in PA

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5MLC75(528 comments)posted 3 years ago

That is a very nice memorial to Dr.King,he deserves to have a place in our history.Dr.King had a great vision,it is sad that it ended so quickly.

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