Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument, Greensboro
Wilbur Lee Map, Designer
Wilbur Lee Map, Sculptor
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
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.
City of Greensboro
December 3, 1994
36.067170 , -79.790500 View in Geobrowse
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
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.
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.
The monument is often used as the end point in Greensboro’s MLK Jr. Day parade.