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The Dr. Mar tin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens was originally constructed

in 1990 through the effor ts of a number of park advocates including the

Mar tin Luther King Committee. In 2003, the City acquired 1.67 acres of

vacant land adjacent to the park for the purpose of expanding the existing

Memorial Gardens. The additional amenities are intended to make the

park more user and family-friendly through better meeting the needs of the

visiting public, including school children, college students and citizens.

The improvements will

• Enrich the commemorative experience

• Suppor t education oppor tunities

• Promote community cohesion

• Complement downtown development

• Provide safe, friendly and sustainable leisure environment

• Improve vehicular and pedestrian accessibility

To honor Dr. Mar tin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and

contributions to peace, justice, equality, human

dignity, and education by expanding and enhancing

the MLK Memorial Gardens, providing a unique

historic and educational destination for the citizens of

Raleigh, the people of Nor th Carolina and the Nation.

Dedications

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