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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was dedicated on May 24, 2000. A glass sculpture titled "Seeds of Enlightenment," it was commissioned by Corning Incorporated as a gift to the People of New York State. Artist Eric Hilton designed the sculpture, which consists of four abstracted glass columns, joined by an elongated triangular prism. Tiny droplets of glass "seeds" appear randomly on the prism and spill over onto the base. The sculpture sits on a square of polished granite.

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s commitment to human rights, community service, and nonviolence-and his inherent and charismatic ability to spread the gospel across physical, racial, and economic barriers-was instrumental in pushing the civil rights movement in America along the path to truth and enlightenment. In planting the seeds of these ideals, Dr. King set into motion the ultimate achievement of his dream-a dream of hope, peace, justice, and freedom for all humankind."

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in the North Concourse next to SEFCU and is open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.