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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Park opens
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Park opens
Posted on 04/06/2018
Mayor Jim Strickland was joined by community partners Friday to formally open the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Park, a new City of Memphis installation commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Ribbon cutting for MLK Reflection ParkThe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Park occupies land at the northwest corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Second Street. Uniquely positioned a few blocks from Clayborn Temple, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, and Beale Street, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Park will be a focal point for those seeking to understand Dr. King’s impact on Memphis and the world.

“The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Park is another step in our work to place permanent installations in our city to remind future generations of the impact of Dr. King’s work,” Mayor Strickland said. “Along with our new I AM A MAN Plaza, the National Civil Rights Museum, and so many other significant places in our city, we are advancing the commemoration of what Dr. King meant to Memphis.”

FedEx is the site’s presenting sponsor. Nike, First Tennessee Foundation, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Shelby County government and Tennessee Valley Authority are also generous sponsors of the park. Memphis Light, Gas, and Water Division donated the land.

The reflection site is comprised of the relocated bronze sculpture “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” created in 1977 by Richard Hunt. The park also includes images of never before seen photos from the Withers Collection. Rhodes College is currently assisting the Withers family with cataloguing thousands of undeveloped film and images that were in storage. Some of the site images will be sourced from those new photos.

“The Memphis road to success for all citizens is always under construction, but this week two monumental public urban projects, I AM A MAN Plaza and now today Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Park, are key building blocks for our great city,” said John Jackson, President & CEO of JPA, Inc., which served as the landscape architect for the park. “I believe with these two projects, Memphis has put on display for all to see that we are now on the right road to social equality.”
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