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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African American Civil Rights leader and minister in the 1950s and 60s. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and gave a notable speech - "I Have a Dream" - after the March on Washington, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in view of the monument dedicated to his memory. 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. Open to the public in 2011, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is a peaceful place to visit.


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Open 24/7. Rangers are on duty and can answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every day.

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Tours are given by Park Rangers on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.


  • Look for Dr. King's quotes carved onto the Memorial
  • View the cherry trees and Tidal Basin
  • Visit the Bookstore
  • Take a tour with a ranger


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is a part of the National Mall & Memorial Parks. It is located in West Potomac Park on the Tidal Basin off of Independence Avenue and West Basin Drive near the DC War Memorial and the site of the Japanese Lantern & First Cherry Tree Planting. It’s a very bicycle-friendly area, but if you do drive, there is some parking along Ohio Drive, SW.

History of the Monument

In 1963, King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. After he was assassinated in 1968, his college fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, began the campaign to erect a permanent statue to honor him. In 2011, on the anniversary of the March on Washington, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was scheduled to be dedicated, although Hurricane Irene postponed the ceremony for two months, so there was a “soft opening” instead.


  • What is significant about the Memorial’s address?

    The address of the Memorial is 1964 Independence Avenue, SW. The year 1964 was the year of the Civil Rights Act, a movement in which Dr. King played an important role. It’s also the year he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • What tours are available?

    Tours are held on the hour from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. National Park Service rangers lead the tours. Children can get a Junior Ranger booklet with lots of fun activities and facts at the Memorial Bookstore. The Bookstore carries mementos of the Memorial.

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