Interjecting itself in an imaginary continuum of freedom from Lincoln to Jefferson, this memorial is the most recent entry in the list of Washington, D.C., monuments, debuting to the public in August 2011. Forget about any controversy surrounding the statue's size and features. Focus instead on King's inspiring quotes, etched along the graceful curving Inscription Wall. They're powerful. — Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images
En español | Time spent wandering in Washington, D.C., is like paging through an encyclopedia of American history — but far more fun. Many of the best (and free!) Washington, D.C., monuments stand on one picturesque half of the National Mall. You don't need a holiday to pay homage to our nation's luminaries and historic events. Just about any day — or night, when the monuments look especially dramatic — is a good time to (re)acquaint yourself with our nation's past.
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