The Martin Luther King Memorial honors the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. The statue of King is known as the “Stone of Hope”, taken from a line in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. It is one of the few non-presidential memorials and the first African-American to be honored within or near the National Mall.
Standing at 30ft tall, the statue is sculpted out of pale pink granite. The portrait of King is placed in front of two other stones, symbolizing the mountain of despair he reflected upon during his speech. A nearby inscription wall has 14 historic quotes of King inscribed, to highlight his message of justice, peace, hope and democracy.
Sculptor: Lei Yixin
Built to commemorate: Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the Civil Rights Movement
Timings: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Address: 1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20003, United States
Closest metro station: Smithsonian Metro Station