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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

    Jim Gallucci (2018 bronze version), Sculptor

    Wilbur Lee Map (1994 cement version), Sculptor

    Carolina Bronze Sculpture, Seagrove, NC, casting, Builder

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    The memorial is a bronze bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. on a granite base. The current bust replaced an original made of cement, painted bronze. In 2017 it was removed due to its deteriorated state. After repairs it was used to create a mold and wax casting for the bronze bust. It weights between 70 and 80 pounds and is slightly smaller than the original, standing 22 1/1 inches high, 33 inches wide at the base and 15 inches deep.

    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. Rededication: January 21, 2019

  • Decade

    1990s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.063790 , -79.786400 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

  • Sponsors

    Bronze version: City of Greensboro and private funds

  • Subject Notes

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

  • Location

    The memorial is located at the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and E. Bragg Street, in Greensboro, NC.

  • Landscape

    The sculpture stands at the intersection, with shady trees planted behind an iron fence.

  • Former Locations

    The cement version of the memorial was first located at the offices of Project Homestead, at the intersection of Elm Street and Martin Luther King Jr Drive. After Project Homestead closed, the city moved the sculpture to a new location. The downtown location is now the site of a 9/11 memorial sculpture. After being cast in bronze, it was placed at its current location in 2019.

  • Post Dedication Use

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

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