A memorial honoring the 250,000 ordinary citizens who risked personal harm to march for civil rights 50 years ago will be unveiled in Annapolis Wednesday.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, Inc. will unveil the "Civil Rights Foot Soldier Memorial" at 10 a.m. at Whitmore Park. The park was the site of the bus depot from which Annapolis residents traveled to the march. The two and a half ton granite memorial features the names of 500 "foot soldiers."
Speakers at Wednesday's event include Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen.
The memorial is the first to honor participants in the original march.
Aug. 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Thousands of people are expected to gather on the National Mall to commemorate the anniversary and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech.