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August 22, 2011 11:50 AM Subscribe
The Washington Mall welcomes another hero.
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The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is unveiled. Sitting directly between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, "the composition of the [King] memorial utilizes landscape elements to powerfully convey four fundamental and recurring themes throughout Dr. King's message: justice, democracy, hope and love."
Only four times in history has a monument to a single individual been installed on the National Mall in Washington D.C. (Washington in 1885, Lincoln in 1922, Jefferson in 1943 and FDR in 1997). The peak blooming time of the beautiful cherry trees surrounding the memorial will coincide with the anniversary of King's assassination (April 4th).