: News

Filed Under:

Shipping Delay For MLK Memorial Stones Will Not Delay Project

Play associated audio
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial site is being prepared for 159 stone blocks, which will create the memorial.
Elliott Francis
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial site is being prepared for 159 stone blocks, which will create the memorial.

By Elliott Francis

The delay in the shipment of 159 blocks of granite for the new memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will not necessarily postpone construction.

Engineers for the project were hoping to have the blocks shipped from China to D.C. by May. Greece had offered to transport the material at no cost out of admiration for the civil rights leader. But the country now says it can't afford it.

Free shipping would've been nice, but not necessary, according to the memorial foundation's President, Harry Johnson.

"This was going to be a freebie that had it happened, we would have been able to take a credit off the total bill, but in terms of paying for it, it was already budgeted anyway," he says.

And as work to prepare the four-acre site on the northeast corner of the Tidal Basin continues, Johnson says he's confident the delay in shipping will not push back the project's completion date.

"Even though they were going to be shipped in May or June, work on the stone was not going to occur in America until September anyway," he says. "Having the stone sit in China, or sit in America, they were going to sit in storage for two months anyway."

Johnson says he now hopes to have the granite in this country by the end of July, and expects memorial to be finished on schedule by fall of 2011.

The group building the memorial has launched an "MLK Construction Cam" online this week to show progress on the $120 million project. The webcam feed is available here: http://www.mlkmemorial.org/earthcam

WAMU 88.5

Exhibit Shows Dolores Huerta's Life As Part Of The 'Backbone' Of America

The exhibit about the United Farm Workers activist is the first in the National Portrait Gallery's "One Life" series to be devoted to a Latina.


Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
WAMU 88.5

Cutting Local Taxes In The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.


Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social-site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.