Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington DC

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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 Edition.
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  • A very emotional sculpture. A must see when in DC. We were on a drive tour and this was one of the stops. I do not think we would have stopped on our own since we only a two days to see everything. I....  more »
  • I visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in July 2021. It was crowded even though it was 8 pm. Despite the crowd of people, I was able to get a good photo. The memorial is located near the...  more »
  • What a great place to visit! Monument is beautifully sculpted and situated at a very nice place. Benches besides water have a nice view to sit down and relax with family. It was a hot summer day when we visited and a gentleman offered us cold water bottles. I am very thankful to the people of United States of America. Very loving, kind and hospitable people. Would definitely visit US again :)
  • The statue of Dr King is an amazingly conceived and executed piece of art that beautifully captures the quote it carries - "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope." His quotes around the background wall exemplify and capture the deep, thoughtful and intentional nature of a man who was as deeply committed to the love of his country as he was to justice and equality for all - here then is a paragon of civil disobedience, one that many today would do well to learn from and emulate - "only LOVE can drive out HATE"

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