Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Bond and Ryder
1977 (Memorial); 1981 (Freedom Hall)

The Center serves several functions. It is a meditative memorial site with Dr. King's white marble tomb placed in the center of the reflecting pool on a circular brick base. The barrel-vaulted arcade on one side, the Freedom Walkway, leads to Freedom Hall, a two-story exhibit space. Other buildings serve administrative functions for the Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

Views toward Freedom Hall

The blue water of the reflecting pool signifies the life-giving role of water

Views from Freedom Hall looking back to the beginning of the Freedom Walkway


Left and right: the Chapel of All Faiths; center: the beginning of Freedom Walkway with Dr. King's tomb to the left

Freedom Walkway is comprised of repeated sections of concrete barrel vaults with brick undersides. Plans originally included adding murals telling the Dr. King story along this colonnade, which borders the entire length of the site.

Left: Freedom Hall

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