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Monday, August 22, 2011 - 12:25pm

King Memorial Opens in D.C.

Updated: 3 years ago.
The memorial includes a 30-foot-tall sculpture of King and a 450-foot-long granite wall inscribed with 14 quotations from the civil rights leader. (Image by: ROMA Design Group Site Model - by Photographer Gerald Rattovia via Wikimedia Commons)

The memorial to Atlanta native Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has opened to the public in Washington.

The site opened without fanfare Monday morning, kicking off a week of celebrations ahead of Sunday's official dedication. Dozens of people came for their first up-close look on a warm, sunny day in the nation's capital.

The memorial includes a 30-foot-tall sculpture of King and a 450-foot-long granite wall inscribed with 14 quotations from the civil rights leader.

The sculptor, Lei Yixin, says he wanted the memorial to be a visual representation of the ideals King spoke of in his "I Have a Dream" speech.

One visitor to the memorial, Pamela M. Cross, says the civil rights leader's message continues to resonate.

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