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  • Monument Name

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument, Greensboro

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Historic African American Figures

    Historic Protest Figures

    African American Monuments

    Historic Religious Figures

    Historic Political Figures

  • Creator

    Wilbur Lee Map, Designer

    Wilbur Lee Map, Sculptor

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    A metal bust of Martin Luther King Jr, stands on a stone base featuring plaques on both the front and the back. Martin Luther King Jr., who appears to gaze into the distance, is depicted as he looked the day of his death.

    Front plaques | Rear plaque

  • Inscription

    Front small plaque: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. / BY WILBUR LEE MAPP / 1994

    Front large plaque, below the smaller one: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., / PLANNED TO SPEAK AT / TRINITY AME ZION CHURCH / IN GREENSBORO (A FEW BLOCKS / FROM HERE) ON APRIL 4, 1968. HE / CANCELED HIS VISIT TO GREENSBORO / TO REMAIN IN MEMPHIS WHERE HE / WAS ASSASSINATED ON THAT DAY.

    Rear: HATRED CONFUSES LIFE, / LOVE HARMONIZES IT. / HATRED DARKENS LIFE, / AND LOVE ILLUMINATES IT. / ---DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

  • Custodian

    City of Greensboro

  • Dedication Date

    December 3, 1994

  • Decade

    1990s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.067170 , -79.790500 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," Waymarking.com, (accessed June 21, 2012) Link

      "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed July 6, 2017) Link

      "I Have a Dream," Greensboro Daily Photo, (accessed June 20, 2012) Link

      Cockburn, Johanna. "MLK Day Parade Celebrates the Dream," Downtown Examiner (Greensboro, NC), January 18, 2010

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Subject Notes

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Location

    The memorial is located at the intersection of Elm Street and Martin Luther King Jr Drive, on the right when traveling north on Elm Street, Greensboro, NC. Two memorials dedicated to soldiers who fought in the Civil War - Army of Tennessee and Confederate Soldiers Monument - are located right across Martin Luther King Jr Drive, at the intersection of S. Davie Street and E. McGee St.

  • Landscape

    The bust stands on the corner of South Elm Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Surrounded by sidewalks on two sides, the sculpture is visible from the road.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The monument is often used as the end point in Greensboro’s MLK Jr. Day parade.

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