Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
1964 Independence Ave, Washington, DC, USA
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Washington Reviews
In the "Line of Leadership" Jul 10, 2012
This is the newest addition on the National Mall; located on the tidal basin and it is quite the ‘mountain’. We arrived at the site in the afternoon under a gray sky; it was not any cooler though, but the rain came down while we were there. When you first walk up to it, you see what appears to be a mountain, cleaved in half, with the middle half pushed forward. When you walk through the opening, you see these words carved into the stone "Out of a mountain of despair a stone of hope" while on the left hand side is the quote “I was a drum major for Justice, Peace and Righteousness”
On the face of the "stone of hope" is the spitting image and likeness of Martin Luther King Jr. Standing right in front of his image, you see a curving black wall descending on either side. Each of the descending black walls have quotes from Dr. Kings many other speeches. This is a beautiful memorial, located in what is referred to as the "Line of Leadership", from the Lincoln Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial. Across the street from the memorial is a bookstore where you can buy post cards, books, magazines and souvenirs. My daughter and I purchased some items; a Passport to National Parks and postcards. It is not a coffee station as I had initially though, but you can buy ice cold drinking water.
I recommend visiting this memorial; it is a somber one and quite revealing. The best part is, it is FREE!
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