MLK Memorial takes shape on National Mall in DC

By Brett Zongker

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 1 2010 3:26 p.m. MST

WASHINGTON — A 28-foot-tall statue of Martin Luther King Jr. is rising on the National Mall as part of a new memorial that will be dedicated next year.

The granite sculpture, located near the Tidal Basin and between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, shows King with arms crossed and a determined look. The group building the memorial on Wednesday provided a glimpse of the statue, still wrapped in scaffolding as construction continues.

Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin hopes to complete the "Stone of Hope" sculpture of King by year's end.

A dedication and opening for the King memorial has been scheduled for Aug. 28, 2011 — the 48th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

The memorial foundation still must raise $12 million to complete the $120 million project.

Online:

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation: http://www.mlkmemorial.org/

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