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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

1964 Independence Ave, SW, the National Mall, Washington DC, DC 20024 (National Mall)
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Ranked #24 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Dubbo, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I really didn't get the feel that the statue resembled such a great man. It was quite cold and disconnected as far as I was concerned. This was also the only memorial we visited where people were yelling and screaming and trying to clim on the memorial. Pretty poor form considering this was a man responsible for great change. Bit... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were there just last week at sunrise during Cherry blossoms. What a beautiful sight that was. MLK statue looked majestic over looking the tidal basin. Cherry blossoms were a nice touch, but even without that, the statues and MLK readings around the memorial are vertainly worth a visit. Very easily accessible for physically challenged, can walk... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The MLK Memorial is dominated by a large full-body stone statue of MLK embedded in a huge rock that itself was cut out of a larger rock, leaving the entrance to the Memorial. Quotes by MLK are inscribed on the walls of the Memorial. The Memorial looks out over the Tidal Basin and provides great views when the cherry blossoms... More

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Margate
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

It is opposite the Jefferson Memorial on a beautiful site around the Tidal basin. It strikes me that more attention could have been paid to choosing a better memorial. The carving is not to the standard that I would have expected in Washington. MLK deserved something more reverential.

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I liked the simplicity of the sculptures and the meaning. The size of the memorial grounds...not huge, but not crowded, and the location on the water added to the peacefulness of the visit.

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Guys Mills, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Take the time to read the quotations, and watch others do so. It's inspirational to live in a country where these are the values we hold dear.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I thought the size of this monument was impressive. To have "cut" the image of MLF from the center of an even more monumental piece of stone was impressive. His stern stance was concering at first, but then i thought about all he stood for, and realized that he was a very serious person to work and give his life... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The MLK National Memorial is a very fitting tribute to a man who was such a hero to our nation. It was very crowded and I would have loved to have spent time there without hundreds of other people, but found it to be very powerful and moving.

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New Jersey
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Sad to say that it looked cheap and bland. Not something to honor a great man. No detail. Did not like the imagery of him coming out of a mountain/rock. Did not do him or our country justice displaying such an ugly piece of art.

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Barbados
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

I am glad to have had the privilege of visiting this memorial, and to reflect quietly on the strength and stature of this great young man. I took photographs of his various quotations engraved on the walls and marveled at his wisdom and his subtle use of the English language.

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