The photograph, above, is of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, currently under construction. Thirty feet tall and carved from 158 Chinese granite blocks, the long-awaited memorial is scheduled to open in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2011, culminating 14 years of fund-raising to reach its goal of $120 million. Once completed, the MLK memorial will occupy a four-acre space on the National Mall.
The sculpture, called "Stone of Hope," looks onto the Tidal Basin, across from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and next to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. MLK's head, his upper body and the tops of his legs emerge from stone. Lei Yixin, a granite sculptor from China, designed it so that King is part of the stone.
The memorial eventually will include a bookstore, information center, 185 cherry trees and lights for illumination at night.(Photo by Mosley Brian, December, 2010)
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - AUSTIN
This 12-foot tall bronze sculpture was crated by the husband-and-wife team, Jeffrey Varilla and Anna Koh-Varilla.
This MLK statue is at the Oregon Convention Center, at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Holladay St.
This statue is in Birmingham's Kelly Ingram Park, a staging ground for civil rights demonstrations in the 1960's. Kelly Ingram Park was the location where Birmingham police and firemen turned attack dogs and high-powered hoses on participants rallying for human rights. The statue is located next to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the 16th Street Baptist Church, site of the 1963 church bombing that killed four young girls.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s image (pictured second left) has been carved in stone into the west face of Westminster Abbey, Great Britain's most revered medieval cathedral, as part of its statues of great Christian martyrs.
This statue of MLK in Upstate New York is located in Binghamton & Endicott, between the Finger Lakes and the Catskill Mountains, at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. It now stands on Binghamton's River Walk at the Court Street Bridge at the head of the Peacemakers Trail. The sculptor is Stan Watts of Kearns, Utah.
The above statue of King stand on the grounds of Lincoln Park in Albany, N.Y.
The above photo is the MLK statue at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, on the campus of Morehouse College, in Atlanta, GA. The Rev. Dr. King was an alumnus of Morehouse College, which houses the MLK Collection -- some 10,000 items spanning from 1944 to 1968.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK
The icicled King statue was photographed after an ice storm in Buffalo, N.Y. It is located on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River. The statue, sculpted by John Wilson and surrounded by a semi-circular stone wall, is in the Martin Luther King Jr. Park near Best St.
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