Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington DC

4.7
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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  • This was a very touching monument with powerful words inscribed. It's located just off the Tidal basin and is easily accessed. A must-see monument to a great American.  more »
  • Loved the symbolism of the mountain of rocks. A beautiful representation of what MLK Jr. stood represented.  more »
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  • Really a great memorial. The quotes on the walls are powerful--take some time to read them and ponder them because they are deep thoughts. The statue of MLK is imposing. When I visited at night it really looked like he would come to life and speak to us. Highly recommend visiting at night when the crowds are lesser.
  • Definitely a must visit, especially for those in the Tidal Basin area exploring the other memorials and enjoying the scenery. It's a fitting tribute to Dr. King, what he stood for, and fought against. Someone suggested building a museum nearby, and I totally agree. In the meantime, people can head to the King Center in Atlanta for the proper museum experience. Check out the gift shop across the street for souvenirs, books, and other related merchandise.

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