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Dr. King’s figure emerges from the “Stone of Hope.”

From the memorial’s forecourt, visitors pass through a masonry portal referred to as the “Mountain of Despair” on their way to the “Stone of Hope.” This vantage point also provides a view of the Jefferson Memorial across the Tidal Basin.

A view of the memorial site looking northeast. Two long-curving inscription walls converge toward the “Mountain of Despair” (left) while Dr. King’s figure overlooks the Tidal Basin (right).

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