Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Garden in Harrisburg

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a monumental contributor to the Civil Rights Movement.

King made history when he embarked on his journey to fight for black lives. He passed away at the young age of 39 and, even though he was assassinated, his ideology and dreams are still alive.

He is most remembered for his “I Have a Dream” speech where he wished racism and segregation were abolished, a dream that is currently still being fought for.

King was assassinated in 1968, but his legacy still lives on. To help celebrate black lives and black history month, visit the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial gardens in Harrisburg, more specifically the Capital Area Greenbelt between 19th and 28th St.

The memorial is in a more quiet area of Harrisburg, hoping to bring those that view the memorial a sense of peace.

It includes a large statue of King himself, overlooking the gardens. In the middle of the memorial, you will find an 11-foot dark black granite pillar. Next to the pillar, a display of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is available on a kiosk. There are 12 granite slabs that all commemorate his 12 historic crusades leading up to the entrance of the memorial, as well as walls lined with King’s famous quotes.

During the building of this remembrance, the Harrisburg mayor and some youth that helped with the project created a time capsule. The time capsule holds pledges against racism by area residents hoping to carry on King’s dreams.

King made history when he embarked on his journey to fight for black lives. He passed away at the young age of 39 and, even though his life was taken, his ideology and dreams are still alive.

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