Remembering The Assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Landmark for Peace Memorial
1702 Broadway St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Open Dawn to Dusk daily
Named for Civil Rights Leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this park has a rich history in the community. The site where Robert Kennedy gave his memorable speech the night King was assassinated in 1968, the park is home to the Landmark for Peace memorial sculpture, which honors the contributions of both slain leaders. The park features picnic shelters, outdoor pool, basketball court, softball field, playground.
The Landmark for Peace is a memorial sculpture at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on the northside of Indianapolis that honors the contributions of the slain leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. The memorial, which features King and Kennedy reaching out to each other, was designed and executed by Indiana artist Greg Perry. The bronze portraits were created by Indianapolis sculptor Daniel Edwards.
On April 4, 1968, Robert Kennedy flew to Indianapolis for a planned inner-city rally promoting his presidential campaign, and was informed upon landing about King’s assassination. Kennedy was told that riots had broken out in other cities and was advised not to make the speech, but he proceeded to address the gathered crowd at 17th and Broadway, near the site where the memorial now stands. Instead of a campaign stump speech, he delivered a five-minute improvised statement informing the crowd of King’s death and urging racial reconciliation. No riots took place in Indianapolis, a fact many attribute to the effect of Kennedy’s speech.
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