Another of the newer monuments - this one has an impressive stone carving of Dr. King as he looks out towards the Jefferson Memorial. Surrounding him are walls adorned with some of his most famous quotes. Entering the memorial from the north, you pass through the "mountain of despair" on your way to see "the stone of hope."
I found the memorial to be fairly inspiring. There were (and to day, are) a few controversial moments in the creation of the memorial that are interesting to learn about and can be found online.
Washington's newest memorial opened to the public on August 22,2011 after many years of planning. It commemorates the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the great civil rights leader.
The memorial is located next to the Roosevelt memorial on the Tidal Basin and is the first major memorial on the Mall honoring an African-American.
A lot of controversy has surrounded this memorial, some have argued that some of the quotes presented make Dr King look less than dignified. I personally was disappointed that almost none of the quotes at the memorial were from the "I have a dream" speech.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
My own opinion is that the sculpture of Dr King makes him look angry, which sort of contrasts sharply with many of the quotes that portray him as a man of peace, justice and non-violence.
The King Memorial is a quiet place, a tribute long overdue.
This is the newest addition on the National Mall; located on the tidal basin and it is quite the ‘mountain’. We arrived at the site in the afternoon under a gray sky; it was not any cooler though, but the rain came down while we were there. When you first walk up to it, you see what appears to be a mountain, cleaved in half, with the middle half pushed forward. When you walk through the opening, you see these words carved into the stone "Out of a mountain of despair a stone of hope" while on the left hand side is the quote “I was a drum major for Justice, Peace and Righteousness”
On the face of the "stone of hope" is the spitting image and likeness of Martin Luther King Jr. Standing right in front of his image, you see a curving black wall descending on either side. Each of the descending black walls have quotes from Dr. Kings many other speeches. This is a beautiful memorial, located in what is referred to as the "Line of Leadership", from the Lincoln Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial. Across the street from the memorial is a bookstore where you can buy post cards, books, magazines and souvenirs. My daughter and I purchased some items; a Passport to National Parks and postcards. It is not a coffee station as I had initially though, but you can buy ice cold drinking water.
I recommend visiting this memorial; it is a somber one and quite revealing. The best part is, it is FREE!
This is the newest Memorial on the National Mall, and it is quite stirring. When you first walk up, you see what appears to be a mountain, cleaved in half, with the middle half pushed forward. When you walk through the opening, you see these words carved into the stone "Out of a mountain of despair a stone of hope". On the face of the "stone of hope" is the likeness of Dr. King. When you are looking at his image face on, to the right and left are black walls which have quotes from his other speeches. This is a beautiful memorial, located in what is referred to as the "Line of Leadership" - from the Lincoln Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial. Highly worth a visit, and the bookstore across the street has some nice gift ideas as well as the Passport to Your National Parks stamping station.
Located on the Tidal Basin on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this memorial creates a visual line of leadership between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, and will convey the four fundamental and recurring themes which many believe embodied King's life: democracy, justice, hope, and love. A 450-foot inscription wall features more than a dozen King quotes, engraved into granite to serve as a lasting testament and reminder of his humanitarian vision. The quotes will feature a unique typeface designed by third-generation stone carver Nicholas Benson.
The newest monument in Washington, and the first of an African-American and non-President, was opened in August, 2011. There are 3 main elements;
The Mountain of Despair: 28.6 ft high, of solid granite, it symbolizes the struggle for peace and equality.
Seemingly cut of the mountain of Despair is the Stone of Hope, which features the likeness of King.
Third, there is an Inscription Wall which has 14 quotes from King's speeches given around the world through the years.
The granite blocks weigh 1.7 tons and traveled 11,000 miles from Xiamen, China.