Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial, “Stone of Hope”
This memorial statue honoring the Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is located next to the Washington mall in Washington, D.C.. The granite structure shares space with walls featuring quotations from many of his speeches inscribed. Standing in West Potomac Park, the Martin Luther King Monument is neighbors with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
The Stone of Hope, the actual title of the King Monument, was designed and sculpted by prominent Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin.
The 30 feet (9.1 meter) high sculpture is placed among two other granite structures which symbolize the “mountains of despair”. Figuratively, monument visitors “pass through” the mountains of despair and arrive at the Stone of Hope. This journey represents moving through struggles as Dr. King did in his life.
Near the Tidal Basin neighboring the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Stone of Hope Memorial is located at 1964 Independence Avenue, Washington, D.C.
The memorial is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Except for the Christmas holiday, Ranger assistance is available Saturday-Sunday 9:30 A.M-10:00 P.M.