Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Memorial, Hendersonville
Historic African American Figures
The memorial is a polished black granite slab 5-feet tall, 3-feet wide and 6-inches thick with three photographic images of King’s face near the top. Below the images are quotes by Dr. King. The same images and inscriptions appear on both sides. The memorial stands on a single granite base resting on a circular concrete pad surrounded by brick pavers and three concrete benches.
Names of prominent citizens are inscribed on bricks of the park's walkway.
At the unveiling, over ten first "inductees" were recognized, with a plan of adding up to three new names annually.
Images: MLK Memorial | Park sign | Far-off view | View towards the street
“OUR NETTLESOME TASK IS / TO DISCOVER HOW TO / ORGANIZE OUR STRENGTH / INTO COMPELLING POWER.”
“I HAVE A DREAM THAT MY / FOUR LITTLE CHILDREN WILL / ONE DAY LIVE IN A NATION / WHERE THEY WILL NOT BE / JUDGED BY THE COLOR OF / THEIR SKIN, BUT BY THE / CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER.”
“INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A / THREAT TO JUSTICE / EVERYWHERE.”
March 12, 2006
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Black granite from India
City of Hendersonville
The Martin Luther King Jr. Park dedication and monument unveiling was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2006. The event featured remarks by Hendersonville Mayor Greg Newman, dramatic readings from speeches of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by the Hendersonville High School drama group, a prayer of dedication and the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument. Several other festivities took place at the unveiling, including recognition of over ten first "inductees" for the park who "significantly impacted our community by promoting racial harmony, enhancing cultural diversity and advancing opportunities for achievement in Henderson County," said Kaye Thompson, an organizer of the event.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and the monument are located at 400 N. Grove St., Hendersonville, NC 28792 (Walnut Park prior to 2004.)
The memorial stands near the sidewalk among the trees in a small park with benches, several picnic tables and a walking path next to a large parking area for the county courthouse.