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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
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London, Canada
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“Awe inspiring”
Reviewed November 26, 2011

Magnificent sculpture-facial features capture intensity within ML. Beautifully designed memorial! Take a few moments to sit and wonder. A must see!

Visited November 2011
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Osceola, Indiana
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“Barely OK”
Reviewed November 23, 2011

Candidly, I wasn't impressed by the monument. Some of the quotes were shortened/re-written for the sake of abbreviation, which rendered them inaccurate. The concept of physically presenting the "out of the mountain of dispair" speech by taking a segment of stone for the sculpture out of the granite mountain is very creative and thought-provoking. But for all the so-called deep-thinking symbolism prooffered by the ranger, they chose to ignore or excuse the symbolism of using a Chinese sculptor using segments of Chinese granite as fascia and a core of concrete for building the monument. Getting past all the smooth deftly-written prose justifying every lilt of every featured facet, Dr. King's legacy deserved better.

Visited November 2011
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Eastford, Connecticut
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“Why did the stone have to be sent from China?”
Reviewed November 23, 2011

America doesn't have the stone to create this monument?
It was good in teaching us about MLK. The monument was well executed and creative. But, the materials from China disturbed us.

Visited November 2011
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Washington, DC
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“Statue and location not worthy of Dr. King's legacy”
Reviewed November 22, 2011

The statue itself is so-so, and shows him wearing a suit that looks like an overcoat. The mountain he is bursting out of looks like cheap chicken wire with filler. And while most quotes are fantastic, the commission erred greatly with the drum major quote. King deserved a better memorial, and a better location.

Visited August 2011
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Seattle, Washington
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“A moving tribute”
Reviewed November 21, 2011

Everyone of any race or minority should experience this memorial.

Visited November 2011
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