1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20003
Operating Season: Year ‘Round
Taking over twenty years to come to fruition, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial opened to the public on August 22, 2011. The memorial honors Dr. King and features sixteen quotes carved into a granite wall that faces the Tidal Basin.
The 30-foot tall ‘Stone of Hope’ figure of Dr. King was sculpted by prominent Chinese artist Master Lei Yixin. The figure appears to emerge from two large boulders symbolizing the ‘Mountain of Despair’ — taken from Dr. King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” The memorial covers four acres and is located southwest of the National Mall.
Park rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily and to offer site tours throughout the day. There are signs in the memorial that indicate the next program location and start time.
Even though the official address is 1964 Independence Avenue, use 850 West Basin Drive SW, Washington, D.C. if you are using a GPS. Parking is extremely limited near the memorial but you may find street parking if you have patience and great parallel parking skills! If your family reunion group has a tour bus, your bus driver should take care of any parking headaches.
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