Martin Luther King Jr. @ Concourse E, ATL Airport - Atlanta, GA
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N 33° 38.387 W 084° 25.533
16S E 738774 N 3725189
Quick Description: This memorial to the life of MLK is located in concourse E of the Atlanta Airport.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 4/18/2009 12:39:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM67K4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member scrambler390
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Long Description:
Though you must be a ticketed passenger to enter the concourse to view the display, a virtual tour is available on YouTube.com

The Harsfield Airport website at (visit link) tell us:
"ATLANTA – The world's busiest airport celebrates its art exhibit titled Legacy of a Dream…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which stands as a monument to the late civil rights leader and his mission of hope. Located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Concourse E, and available for virtual tour on the Airport's YouTube channel, the unique display is divided into five categories - early life, family life, message, untimely death and honors achieved, and, finally, his legacy - and accessible to the nearly 90 million customers who fly through Atlanta annually.

Through the exhibit, which was installed at Hartsfield-Jackson in the mid-1980s, global travelers get a glimpse in images of the Montgomery bus boycott and fire hosing of demonstrators. Also featured are family photos such as Dr. King playing football with his sons. Additional pieces on display include:

The actual permit from Dr. King's March on Washington


A rare image of the King family at home sharing dinner with a picture of Gandhi hanging over the doorway is included along with Dr. King's copy of "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi," edited by Pitirim H. Sorokin


The suit that Dr. King wore to his meeting with President Lyndon B. Johnson


One of the robes Dr. King preached in


Dr. King's wristwatch, glasses and the transistor radio he took to marches and rallies to listen to news


A photo of President Ronald Reagan with Mrs. King declaring MLK day as a national holiday
All of the artifacts and photographs were provided by the King Center. The Department of Aviation's Art Program, which manages an eclectic, internationally focused art collection of some 250 works across six concourses, has plans to partner again with the King Center to revitalize and expand the exhibit in the future.

"The power of the display lies in the positioning of scenes from the universal civil rights movement with an intimate portrait of the man who became such a legend," said Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta. "We're honored to play a part in perpetuating Dr. King's legacy and strategies for rational and non-violent social change that inspire people worldwide to this day."

For additional photos please contact Andy McDill or to view the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Exhibit on YouTube, please visit (visit link) "

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