Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
1964 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20024
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a world with equality for all. Today, his dream lives on in a beautiful tribute located on the National Mall. The monument is the newest memorial on the National Mall and is the first to honor a non-president and the first to honor a man of color. The memorial was designed as a lasting tribute to Dr. King’s legacy and will forever serve as a monument to freedom, opportunity and justice for which he stood.
The centerpiece of the memorial is a 30 foot statue of Dr. King. His likeness is carved into the Stone of Hope, which emerges powerfully from two large boulders. The two boulders, which started as one, represent the Mountain of Despair. The boulders are split in half to give way to the Stone of Hope, which appears to have been thrust forward toward the horizon in a great monolithic struggle. The Stone of Hope and the Mountain of Despair together represent the soul-stirring words from Dr. King’s history-making “”I Have a Dream”” speech.