Statue of Martin Luther King in the Raleigh Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens

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Year 1975 | Acres 2.4

First public park in the United States solely devoted to Dr. King and the civil rights movement. The park's mission is to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and contributions to peace, justice, equality, human dignity, and education by expanding and enhancing the MLK Memorial Gardens, providing a unique historic and educational destination for the citizens of Raleigh, the people of North Carolina and the Nation.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens
1215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27610


  • Enrich the commemorative experience
  • Support education opportunities
  • Promote community cohesion
  • Complement downtown development
  • Provide safe, friendly and sustainable leisure environment
  • Improve vehicular and pedestrian accessibility

MLK Jr. Statue

The 6-foot-2-inch life-size sculpture of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was commissioned to commemorate the creation of a memorial garden heralding the achievements of local and national leaders.

Part of Raleigh's Public Art Collection

Water Monument

A 12-ton granite water monument that honors the area's notable pioneers in the civil rights movement.

Picnic Shelter

  • 17 tables
  • One grill
  • Up to 133 people
  • Electricity available
  • $15/hour, 2 hour minimum
  • Parking is limited (30 cars)

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