August 28 has a special significance in African American history. It marks the day in 1955 that 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Money, Mississippi, for having whistled at a white woman. It also marks the day in 1963 whenÂ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
On August 28, 2011, after 15 years of raising $120 million for the site, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s monument will be officially unveiled on the Mall in Washington. It will be located adjacent to the FDR Memorial, between the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial.
Although this will not be the first memorial to an African-American in Washington, D.C., King will be the first African-American honored with a memorial on or near the National Mall area and only the fourth non-President to be memorialized in such a way. The King Memorial will be administered by the National Park Service (NPS).
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