Washington DC in Autumn & The New Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
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After the first impression for my parents, of the DC area yesterday we went to the city for real today. The car was parked on one of the huge Metro Parking Lots, and we were subsequently taken to the center of the nation's capital, by the Orange line.
We started our tour at the beautiful and impressive United States Capitol. While taking some pictures of a nice view-through of a gate near one of the back entrances I was immediately addressed by a lady of the security team. She wanted to know what I had taken a picture of, and wanted to see the picture. I was surprised since I had not crossed any of the many restricted zones. Fortunately the lady was touched by the overwhelming artistic content of my picture, and allowed me to keep it, but we had to leave that area, other tourist underwent the same treatment. We were, however, also treated on a good thing.
After several monuments we made our way to my personal request, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. This new memorial on the National Mall, was opened in October this year. The memorial is one of the few memorials on The Mall that is not dedicated to a president or a war related subject. The huge statue commemorates the year that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law. The statue, by the Chinese artist, Lei Yixin, shows the great African-American Civil Rights leader sculptured from a big, advanced rock, surrounded by several of his quotes.
It is pityful that the memorial has some questionable points of history. There was some opposition against the sculptor who had also sculpted Mao Zedong, several federal agencies could not agree on the security provisions, and (in my opinion) the most shameful: the relatives of MLK demanded huge fees for the use of MLK's name and the use of his quotes.
We visited several more monuments that day! All of them surrounded by great autumn colours. More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt.