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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is located on the National Mall between the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials and adjacent to the FDR Memorial. King is only one of four non-Presidents to have received such an honor, and the only African-American with a memorial in his honor on the Mall.
Dedicated on August 28, 2011, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial's opening ceremony was scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legendary "I Have a Dream" speech.


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Parking, Direction, and Public Transit

Centrally located near the National Mall there is plenty of parking available a short walk from the Martin Luther King Memorial and the Smithsonian Metro Station is nearby.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a heroic African-American figure of the Civil Rights era movement in the United Sates. His famous "I Have a Dream" speech influenced the nation and still resonates today. He was assassinated in 1968.


  • What are the hours of operation?

    The memorial is open 24-hours a day and rangers are available for questions from 9:30am-11:30pm.
  • What is the symbolism of the memorial?

    The peaceful trees, beautiful in scripted walls, and massive statue form a serene and powerful atmosphere that represents the power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s power as an agent of change to change the world for the better.

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