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D.C. Plans For Crowds At MLK Memorial Dedication

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Construction crews are putting the final finishing touches on the National Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in advance of the Aug. 28 dedication.
Jessica Palombo
Construction crews are putting the final finishing touches on the National Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in advance of the Aug. 28 dedication.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders are gearing up for an historic event on the national mall later this month, the dedication of the National Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will announce this morning how he will deal with the hundreds of thousands of tourists who are expected to descend on the District for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. memorial ceremony Aug. 28.

It's the first memorial on the national mall dedicated to an African American. Because of its historic significance, tourists are expected to head down to the tidal basin in record numbers.

Specifics on the plan for managing the hordes, and how the city will be impacted as a result of this influx of tourists, will be announced at 10 a.m. today at the site of the memorial on the mall.

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