This 30-foot tall granite memorial, sculpted in Dr. King’s likeness, sits at 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., the address referencing the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law. It was dedicated in 2011, on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Etched into the side of the statue are the words, “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” These words come from Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech and “serve as the theme of the overall design of the memorial, which realizes the metaphorical mountain and stone.” Dr. King’s memorial is the first to honor an African American individual on the National Mall.
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