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America's Most-Visited Monuments

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copyright Al Jaugelis 2011

Relive history by visiting these monuments to America’s struggles, leaders, and ideals.

No. 12 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.

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Annual Visitors: 1,490,358

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was dedicated in August 2011, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The monument, set on four acres of land surrounded by D.C.’s famous cherry trees, is simple and powerful: a 28-foot-6-inch-tall statue of Dr. King in a business suit, arms folded, stands front and center. Metaphorically, he’s meant to be the “Stone of Hope,” between two enormous background pieces, representing the “Mountain of Despair.” But in reality, the design has drawn criticism from poet Maya Angelou and other prominent figures, landing it among the world’s most controversial monuments. mlkmemorial.org

America's Most-Visited Monuments

No. 12 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Annual Visitors: 1,490,358

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was dedicated in August 2011, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The monument, set on four acres of land surrounded by D.C.’s famous cherry trees, is simple and powerful: a 28-foot-6-inch-tall statue of Dr. King in a business suit, arms folded, stands front and center. Metaphorically, he’s meant to be the “Stone of Hope,” between two enormous background pieces, representing the “Mountain of Despair.” But in reality, the design has drawn criticism from poet Maya Angelou and other prominent figures, landing it among the world’s most controversial monuments. mlkmemorial.org

copyright Al Jaugelis 2011
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