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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Ranked #24 of 493 things to do in Washington DC
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Like most of the memorials, it's helpful to have a guide or guidebook to help appreciate this memorial. My favorite factoid is that the stone from which the memorial is cut looks red, black, and white if you look up close, but just looks like tan, one color, from a distance. MLK is only partially emerged from teh stone of despair since there is still much work to be done. There's wonderful symbolism going on here.

Thank MamaAyinde
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Very well done memorial with a giant sculpture of Dr. King in addition to many engraved quotes. Located down along the Tidal Basin near the FDR Memorial and 10-minute walk from the Jefferson Memorial. Easy to walk through with nice landscaping and views too.

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

It is a nice memorial of MLK and especially so with the cherry trees in blossom. It is nice to walk around and read the quotes.

Thank JWWA
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

We have been to DC in several years and they were still working on this monument, so I guess that it didn’t hit me that it was open until we stumbled upon it. A very well done memorial to Dr. King, I love the quotes around the walls, very inspiring and well worth a visit.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

One of the most striking memorials on the National Mall walk.
For the full effect of the National Mall, I would recommend allocating time to do the whole walk (about 2 or so miles) and visiting each of the memorials. However, if you only have time to see a few memorials, this is one to see.
It is also close to the Korean and Vietnam war Memorials and the Lincoln Monument so even if your time is quite limited, you can easily manage to walk between all of these.
Do it on a clear day if you can. On a wet day, there is nowhere much to shelter.
The Martin Luther King Memorial is imposing and on a sunny day, the stone gleams with the water in front of it. It is very inspiring because the walls on either side are inscribed with his words.
To get the full effect of the sculpture, it is best to approach it from the Lincoln Memorial. From this direction, you have to walk between the two huge pieces of granite that symbolize the "mountain of despair" to get to the giant figure of Martin Luther King, which is carved out of a 9.1 m granite stone and is called "the Stone of Hope”. By approaching it in this way, you literally and symbolically pass through despair to hope.
The memorial is based on a line from his "I Have A Dream" speech, "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." When you look back at it, you can also see that the figure of Martin Luther King has been carved out of a block that has been taken from the middle of the 'mountain of despair'. It is very thought provoking and quite beautiful.
From this point, you can look across the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial as well. If you have time, you can walk to the Roosevelt and Jefferson memorials but if not, at least you can see the Jefferson memorial across the water.
We were a bit too early for cherry blossoms in February but if you are there later, the cherry trees bloom there every year during the anniversary of his death.

Thank Mairwen1
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