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Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is located on a four-acre plot on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. It is adjacent to the Roosevelt Memorial and creates a "line of leadership," as it is placed in a straight line with the Lincoln Memorial (where Dr. King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech) and the Jefferson Memorial. The Stone of Hope, from which Dr. King's likeness emerges, gazes upon the Tidal Basin toward the horizon. The memorial is not only a tribute to Dr. King, it is also meant to be a symbol of a future society encompassing justice and equality. The memorial will also features an Inscription Wall with fourteen of Dr. King's most influential quotes, engraved on a 450-foot crescent shaped granite wall. Address: 1964 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Entrance

The entrance to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located at the intersection of Independence Avenue and West Basin Drive next to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mountain of Despair

As you enter the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial you walk past two 30-foot tall stones that represent the Mountain of Despair.

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Visual Line of Leadership

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial creates a visual "line of leadership," as it is placed in the line of sight between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.

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"Out of a Mountain of Despair..."

Visitors must pass through the "Mountain of Despair" to reach the MLK National Memorial. The mountain of despair is in reference to part of the speech Dr. King gave during the march on Washington, August 28, 1963.

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Waterfall at Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

The application of a waterfall in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is an allegory referencing Dr. King's use of the biblical quote: "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."

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Quote on side of Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

On the left side of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is his quote: "Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope." In the background, the Washington Monument can clearly be seen.

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Entrance to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The entrance to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is a large granite wall engraved with "Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial." The official address of the monument is 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., as an homage to the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964...

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Visitors gather around the King Memorial in Washington, DC

Visitors meander around the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. In the background of the Dr. King statue can be seen some of the 14 quotations carved into Atlantic Green granite.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Stone of Hope

The "Stone of Hope" sculpture stands 30 feet tall and gets its name from King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

"With the faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope."

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Sculpture

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is only the third non-president to be commemorated with a memorial on the National Mall and the first ever African-American to be honored this way.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. is more than 10 feet taller than the Lincoln Statue and the Statue of Freedom that sits atop the U.S. Capitol.

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Helicopter over MLK Memorial

A VH-3D Sea King helicopter flies around the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. If this particular Sea King has Barack Obama aboard its call sign automatically becomes "Marine One."

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Right side engraving on King Memorial

The right side quote on the memorial stating "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness" is a contraction of his quote: "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major ...

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Lei Yixin's Signature

In February of 2007, Lei Yixin, a Chinese master sculptor was chosen to create the 30 foot statue of Martin Luther King. The statue has been named the "Stone of Hope".

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Wall of Quotes

The Wall of Quotes is located on either side of the Mountain of Despair and features 14 King quotes from his various speeches. The quotes are carved into a 450-foot crescent shaped granite wall.

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