Martin Luther King, Jr. made his mark in Washington, DC. Explore his impact on the city-and the nation-at these important landmarks and attractions.
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial: The new memorial features a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. looking out across the Tidal Basin. The memorial shares a direct line of sight with the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials as a nod to his importance and stature in the nation's history. The memorial features engraved inscriptions from many of his most famous quotes and honors King’s life and legacy.
2. Frederick Douglass House: Tour the Anacostia home of the former abolitionist and statesman who advised Lincoln on matters related to slavery.
3. Lincoln Memorial: The Lincoln Memorial has seen it's share of tide-turning history. Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech before a crowd of hundreds of thousands. The steps of the Lincoln Memorial is also where African American Marion Anderson performed her famous 1939 Easter concert after being denied a performance at DC's Constitution Hall.
4. Freedom Plaza: The plaza, located at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, was named in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. A time capsule, which will be opened in 2088, is buried here and includes a Bible, a robe and other relics belonging to Dr. King.
5. Emancipation statue: This memorial to President Lincoln, known as the "original" Lincoln Memorial, was built using money donated by freed slaves and depicts Lincoln holding the Emancipation Proclamation while freeing a slave.
6. The Willard InterContinental Hotel:This hotel, located steps from The White House, is where Dr. King famously put the finishing touches on his “I Have a Dream” speech.
7. Washington National Cathedral: This beautiful church was where Dr. King delivered his last Sunday sermon before his assassination.
8. Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.: You can pose for a picture with King’s wax likeness, along with wax statues of Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln, among others.
9. Civil War to Civil Rights trail: Trace key locations in the Civil War and landmarks that played a role in the civil rights movement on this downtown trail designed by Cultural Tourism DC.
10. Supreme Court: The Supreme Court was the site of many key legislative milestones in the quest for civil rights, including Brown v. the Board of Education. On days the court is hearing cases, visitors can line up for a seat to see it in action.