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MLK Memorial Preview Brings Crowds Of Tourists And Local Residents

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Washingtonians are getting their first close-up look at the new memorial dedicated to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. today.

This memorial opened at 11 a.m. this morning, and since then dozens of tourists and local residents have come to visit the park, which sits right between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials on the Tidal Basin, and within walking distance of the Washington Monument.

The centerpiece is a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King emerging from a mountain of despair, a phrase taken from one of his many speeches.

The preview continues through Wednesday. The dedication ceremony falls on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.

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