By Brent Magnusson
February 12, 2013
Family praying at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial - Dec., 2011.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial features a 450-foot crescent-shaped granite wall facing the tidal basin inscribed with 17 quotations by the civil rights leader. The centerpiece of the memorial is a statue of King, known as the “Stone of Peace,” shown emerging from a symbolic representation of a "Mountain of Despair"--both references to King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The 2011 addition is the first major memorial on the National Mall to honor an African American and a leader who was not an American president.