Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Northeast corner of the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial and north of the FDR memorial.

Martin Luther King Jr. MemorialThe Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, is located on a 4-acre site on the National Mall that borders the Tidal Basin adjacent to the FDR Memorial.  The monument commemoratethe life and work of Dr. King and honors his national and international contributions to world peace through non-violent social change.  The King Memorial has three underlying themes: justice, democracy, and hope — highlighted by the use of water, stone, and trees respectively throughout the memorial and will create a visual "line of leadership" from the Lincoln Memorial, where King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington, to the Jefferson Memorial.  The memorial contains 24 niches (semicircular nave-like shapes) along the upper walkway to commemorate the contribution of the many individuals that gave their lives in different ways to the civil rights movement – from Medgar Evers to the four children murdered in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham.  A number of the niches will be left open and incomplete, allowing additional niches to be dedicated as new individuals are honored.  King is the first African-American to be honored with a memorial in the National Mall area and the third non-president to be commemorated in such a way. The King Memorial is administered by the National Park Service (NPS). 

National Park Service - Martin Luther King Memorial Site