Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope

Located in downtown Washington, DC, the memorial honors Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice. A prominent leader in the modern civil rights movement, Dr. King was a tireless advocate for racial equality, working class, and the oppressed around the world.

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Plan Your Visit

Find basic information and tips about visiting the memorial, including directions, hours, and ranger programs.

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Remembering the Man

Learn more about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his continuing legacy in American history and culture.

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Building the Memorial

Discover how the memorial took shape and its place among the iconic monuments in the heart of the nation's capital.

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Words that Inspire

Read and reflect on quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that are engraved throughout the memorial.

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Be inspired by Dr. King's call for service and help care for the memorial as a volunteer sharing the story or joining service projects.

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African American Civil Rights Network

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is part of a new national network of places commemorating the Civil Right Movement.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial marked on a map of DC

The memorial is located along Independence Ave SW near the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

Last updated: March 15, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1100 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20242


202 426-6841

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