100 Objects: 5. MLK Memorial

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Kokomo’s MLK JR. Plaza is a community icon and tribute to the civil rights giant. The half-circle monument includes pictorial panels describing many of King’s accomplishments and his birth and family, education, the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and the early 1960s sit-ins. The memorial was dedicated on April 4, 2016, the 48th anniversary of King’s assassination, during a ceremony that included community leaders, city officials and a crowd of hundreds who gathered to celebrate the monument and plaza at the corner of Apperson Way and Lafountain Street. Here, Samuel Thompson and Jon Russell unveil the sculpture that sits in the center of the MLK Memorial during the dedication. Russell sculpted the statue, and the architect of the monument was Scott Pitcher.

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