November 1, 2011 Washington DC Part 5 Martin Luther King, Jr and Jefferson Memorial   Leave a comment

Unless you know a Washington insider, take advantage of  an organized tour at the beginning of your trip.  I used to think – why spend the money when I can figure it out.  Now I say why miss out when tour guides are trained to know the scoop.  Cousins provided that insider tour on our first visit to Washington DC many years ago that included dinner and a night tour of Washington’s monuments, a unforgetable memory.  I was hooked; the beauty, the history and the moving visions of our nation’s capital. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

The Stone of Hope

 Fun Facts:  The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is the 4th non-President non-war memorialized on the mall (John Ericsson Memorial, John Paul Jones Memorial and George Mason Memorial). The Stone Of Hope includes an impressive 30 foot tall statue of Dr. King. The street address of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial is 1964 Independence Ave. honoring the 1964 Civil Rights Act.   

Misquotes

Controversy: “I WAS A DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND RIGHTOUSNESS’ will be changed to read “YES, IF YOU WANT TO SAY THAT I WAS A DRUM MAJOR, SAY THAT I WAS A DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE.  SAY THAT I WAS A DRUM MAJOR FOR PEACE.  I WAS A DRUM MAJOR FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.  AND ALL OF THE OTHER SHALLOW THINGS WILL NOT MATTER.” Unfortunately this is not the first monument with errors; we can hope it will be the last.)

Jefferson Memorial:

Fun Fact:  Modeled after the Parthenon. The monument’s style was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s architectural taste.  Construction of Jefferson Memorial was completed 1943.  Originally a plaster statue of President Jefferson adorned this monument because World War II was in progress and all metals were going towards the war effort.  The plaster President Jefferson was replaced with the planned bronzed statue in the spring of 1947.

 

 Next:  Capital, Greensboro Lunch Counter, and an evening with Harry!

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Posted February 18, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

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