Washington DC Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
Lonely Planet review for Washington DC Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
The newest potential memorial on the Mall, and the first one to honor an African American, has been mired in funding difficulties for the past few years. Ground breaking started in the fall of 2006, with completion set for 2008, but as of this writing the memorial foundation was still trying to secure its final construction permits. Once built, the MLK memorial will occupy space along the Tidal Basin, near the Jefferson and FDR Memorials, and will convey themes of democracy, justice and hope. The design includes a crescent-shaped wall with sermon inscriptions etched onto its stone surface. The centerpiece of the memorial will be a Stone of Hope, featuring a 30ft-tall likeness of Dr King.