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