Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Did you know that the Disability Rights Movement stemmed from the Civil Rights Movement? Without it, Photos With A Spin may not exist.

With this past Monday being Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (which was this civil rights leader’s birthday that’s often referred to as MLK Day), we thought it would be timely to highlight the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

Located in West Potomac Park around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C, the memorial was dedicated in 2011 on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington. It is the first memorial on the National Mall to honor an African American. The centerpiece is a large stone sculpture with Dr. King emerging from a mountain. The inscription, “Out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope,” is written on the side. Behind the sculpture is a series of Dr. King’s most powerful quotes, etched in stone.

Managed by the National Park Service, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is relatively new and easy to navigate using a wheelchair, with accessible street parking along West Basin Drive SW. The memorial is all outdoors (important to keep in mind for weather) with grounds that are flat, paved, and wide. There is also a small Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial bookstore across the street with accessible public restrooms.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial with Maggie in her wheelchair in front and a wreath behind her.

Being in a prime tourist location, we recommend visiting all the memorials around the Tidal Basin early or late in the day and dedicating about 30 minutes to this memorial alone. 

It should be noted that the tone of the memorial is that of reverence. It is a place to remember, honor, and contemplate Dr. King’s life and legacy.

For more information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, including accessibility information, please visit Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (U.S. National Park Service).

Talk soon!

Maggie & Abe

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