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PUBLIC FIRST GLIMPSE OF MLK MEMORIAL ON NATIONAL MALL

PUBLIC FIRST GLIMPSE OF MLK MEMORIAL ON NATIONAL MALL

The site was set to open without fanfare around 11 a.m. to kick off a week of celebrations ahead of Sunday's official dedication. About 20 people had lined up outside the site by late morning on what was a warm and sunny day.

Pamela M. Cross, 53, a cybersecurity professional from Washington, said she usually passes by the memorial on her morning walk around the National Mall and was excited to be able to see it up close.

Cross said her father, a postal worker, attended the march on Washington in 1963. She said King's message continues to resonate.

"The way the country is right now, it's good to remember his principles," Cross said. "We are in need of jobs, we're in need of equality, we're in need of an economic vision that's inclusive."

The memorial sits on the National Mall near the Tidal Basin, between memorials honoring Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. It includes a 30-foot-tall sculpture of King and a 450-foot-long granite wall inscribed with 14 quotations from the civil rights leader.

The sheer size of the sculpture of King sets it apart from nearby statues of Jefferson and Lincoln, which are both about 20 feet tall, though inside larger monuments. (more)

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Article by BEN NUCKOLS, The Atlanta Journal | Read full article here

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