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. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Washington DC Edition.
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  • away from the large memorials, but then the heart midnight gathering. The dramaturgy of the representation is overwhelming! Definitely worth
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  • The memorial itself--a magnificent statue of King carved from white stone (not scientific description, I know)--is worth checking out, but the quotes are really what make this memorial poignant. Pleas...  more »
  • This is an excellent tribute to an important figure in American history. It has a great location on the national mall. It's within waking distance if the Lincoln memorial.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • As with many of the monuments, large impressive clear. I'm that the essence is well captured.

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