Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington DC

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial serves as a tribute to the American clergyman, activist, and leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. The centerpiece of the memorial is inspired by a quote from King’s seminal "I Have a Dream" speech: "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope." Visitors pass through two large pieces of granite symbolizing the "mountain of despair" to be greeted by a 9.1 m (30 ft) "stone of hope," in which King’s likeness and words are carved. The inscription wall contains 14 quotes from some of King’s speeches, writings, and sermons. Site tours are available throughout the day. Parking is very limited near the memorial. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more Washington DC attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Washington DC tour planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The size and appearance of this majestic monument says it all. I would recommend a visit during both the day and the night because the impact is different each time. There was a full moon during this ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We visited this memorial at night and it was one of my favorites. Very powerful and a great reminder in our current political climate of what is important in life.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Looking at the entire sculpture, reminds me of falling tears on a hard, worn façade. It's a magnificent poem to a truly great man!  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Excellent place. The only person who got the memorial park not served in government. Imagine the impact he made to people and history. Hats off.
  • March 14, 2017
    This is a gorgeous monument to one of our country's most enduring voices for freedom. The statues are on a grand scale, and the view of the Tidal Basin and the other monuments are outstanding. Between this and the Roosevelt Memorial Park, the southern end of the Tidal Basin is the new must-visit location in the area.
  • May 26, 2017
    The statue is near the place where he delivered " I have a dream" speech. It is no wonder that many tourists of diverse ethnic immigrant groups gathered around this statue.
  • April 17, 2017
    It was great seeing this statue. The statue is very profound and apparent; very well finished. It wasn't that crowded during the time my girlfriend and I went
  • July 4, 2017
    As with many of the monuments, large impressive clear. I'm that the essence is well captured.

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