The San Francisco Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located behind a 50-foot-wide, 20-foot-high granite waterfall, downtown near the Convention Center, in Yerba Buena Gardens. It consists of large, etched glass excerpts of King’s speeches in the languages of San Francisco’s 13 sister cities, and also includes a large green space where performance arts events are held throughout the year. In the sculptor’s words: The Memorial is “a sacred space … meant to be experienced as a cultural pilgrimage and a journey of transformation. . . . represents a cultural pilgrimage and contemplative metaphorical journey of transformation, parallel to the Southern tradition of baptism by full immersion in water.”  It was dedicated in 1998.

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