"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope" - Washington, DC
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"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope" is a phrase from the famous I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. It is located at and explains the design of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at West Potomac Park in Washington, DC.
Waymark Code: WM17B34
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 01/17/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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In order to enter the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial you must first pass through a massive two part split granite gateway before reaching the larger than life relief sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr. There is a reason for this unusual design.

The two parts of the monument refer the the sentence in the I Have a Dream speech that Martin Luther King Jr. gave at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. The full sentence from the speech is:

“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

Thus the gateway is the Mountain of Despair and the sculpture is the Stone of Hope.

West Potomac Park
Washington, DC.

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