Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens

The first public park in the United States solely devoted to Dr. King and the civil rights movement; it is bordered by the King Memorial Wall of 2,500 named bricks recognizing state and national supporters of the facility. A colorful variety of trees, shrubs and flowering plants encircle a life sized bronze statue of King, and a 12-ton granite water monument honors the area’s notable pioneers in the civil rights movement.


Conceived, designed and constructed by the Raleigh King Committee, since 1989 this facility is the first public park in America solely dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the historic Civil Rights Movement. It remains open 24 hours per day for self guided tours.

The memorial features a bronzed life-sized statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is strategically designed to give young people the opportunity to touch and feel the sculpture. Dr. King's statue is also mounted on the ground so that handicapped, visually impaired and seniors can relate physically and emotionally to the statue. This replica is believed to be the world's only life-sized statue of King depicted in his Doctorate Clerical Robe.

Over 5000 trees, shrubbery and flowering plants accent the park grounds. Off-street parking is available for school, church and tour buses. At night, ample lighting illuminates the statue, grounds and parking areas. The King Memorial Wall is home of 2,500 named bricks recognizing the individuals, businesses, churches and organizations which supported the development of the facility.

MLK Gardens Expansion Underway In 2005:

The MLK Memorial Gardens under the auspices of the Raleigh Martin Luther King Committee and in cooperation with the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Raleigh will undergo a increase in the size and scope of the facility. The public park will be enlarged from one acre to four acres. A Master Plan for expansion ideas was approved by a community based task force involving citizens from throughout the region. Improvements slated to be made during the Summer and Fall of 2005 include:

1). Screened Gazebo or Pavilion
2). Park Benches
3). Sheltered Picnic Area
4). Rest Rooms
5). Drinking Water Fountains
6). State-Of-The-Art Playground Area For Kids
7). New Memorial Recognizing & Honoring Local Civil Rights & Education Pioneers
8). New Memorial Wall For Citizens/family names to be etched in stone as supporters of the expansion
9). State-Of-The-Art Lighting System
10). Additional Surfaced Parking For Autos and Buses
11) New interactive memorial display depicting significant dates and occurrences in freedom movement.
12). Lots of stimulating flowers, trees and open spaces

1300 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
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