Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
The site was designed as a lasting tribute to Dr. King’s legacy and will forever serve as a monument to the freedom, opportunity and justice for which he stood. - washington.org
Welcome to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the 4-acre site that pays homage to America's greatest Civil Rights Movement leader.
This site sits along the National Mall's Tidal Basin, adjacent to the FDR Memorial. Its technical address is something to be noted, 1964 Independence Avenue SW representing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The memorial itself wasn't opened to the public until 2011 and served as the 4th memorial in DC to honor a non-president.
The centerpiece of the memorial is the 30-foot statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. carved into the Stone of Hope. This massive stone emerges from 2 boulders known as the Mountain of Despair...' out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope'. Your journey will begin at the Mountain of Despair and end in the freedom of the open plaza near MLK's statue. Alongside the site, you will see a 450-foot long inscription wall featuring 14 quotes from speeches, sermons, and writings of MLK Jr, all chosen to represent justice, democracy, hope, and love.