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MLK Memorial Opens to Public

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opens to the public on the National Mall.

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At 30 feet tall, the sculpture at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is opened to the public for the first time on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
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Fifteen years after Congress authorized the memorial, the statue of the American civil rights pioneer will be dedicated on August 28, the 48th anniversary of King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech.
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Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, delivers remarks during the opening of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
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Journalists tour the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial three hours before the general public was given access to the newest memorial on the National Mall.
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Harry Johnson (R), president and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, and Master Sculptor Lei Yixin (4th R) walk through the "Mountain of Despair" section of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial the morning it was opened to the public for the first time.
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Lei Yixin and his team assembled and carved 159 granite blocks to create the memorial's "Mountain of Despair" and "Stone of Hope," which features the American civil rights pioneer gazing into the horizon.
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A close-up of the memorial.
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As seen from the east end of the memorial.
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Master Sculptor Lei Yixin stands at the base of the 30-feet-tall sculpture.
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For complete coverage of the MLK Memorial dedication, click here.
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