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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.

Dedicated in 2011, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial exemplifies the fundamental values of Martin Luther King, Jr. during his quest for civil rights.

As part of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the Trust hosted the nonprofit StoryCorps to capture the moving stories of individuals who attended the original March in 1963 or who were impacted by it. The personal accounts will be used in the Trust’s initiatives to preserve the living history of the National Mall.

Inspired by Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, he says “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” A figure of Martin Luther King, Jr. is carved into the “Stone of Hope” standing past the “Mountain of Despair.”

Martin Luther King, III poses with his wife, Arndrea, and daughter, Yolanda, at his father's memorial. (Photo / Trust for the National Mall)