Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument, Greensboro
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
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. Rededication: January 21, 2019
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Bronze version: City of Greensboro and private funds
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
The memorial is located at the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and E. Bragg Street, in Greensboro, NC.
The sculpture stands at the intersection, with shady trees planted behind an iron fence.
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.
The monument is often used as the end point in Greensboro’s MLK Jr. Day parade.