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.