Five Potential Designs Revealed For Boston's New MLK Memorial

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Boston is one step closer to a creating new memorial that will honor Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and his widow, Coretta Scott King. Five potential designs were revealed Tuesday for the memorial which will be on the Boston Common and commemorate the love between the Kings, who met in Boston.

The five finalists were chosen from 126 local and international submissions.

Yinka Shonibare's proposed memorial (Courtesy MLK Boston)
Yinka Shonibare's proposed memorial (Courtesy MLK Boston)

MLK Boston, founded by tech entrepreneur Paul English, will review the public comment and pick the final artist in November. The group also wants to create a new educational center in Roxbury to train activists and start an endowment for MLK-inspired programming at Twelfth Baptist Church.

The full plans, which you can see here, are on view at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square and the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal building in Dudley Square until Oct. 16, where the community can offer input. MLK Boston will also be taking comments on its website.


Maria Garcia, WBUR's reporter for The ARTery. She tweets @mariareports.

This segment aired on September 18, 2018.


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