The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial has officially opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
According to the AJC, hundreds of people lined up early for a glimpse at the $120 million memorial, which features a 30-foot stone sculpture of King, arms folded, staring across the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial. The walls of the memorial are inscribed with quotes from King’s famous speeches, including “I Have a Dream,” delivered a few feet away at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
The memorial will be formally dedicated Sunday with an event featuring speeches by President Barack Obama and others, but the memorial was unveiled this week for people who want to see it early.
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