Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Monument

On April 17,1944,  then 15 year old Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. gave his first public speech at First African Baptist Church in Dublin, GA. 

The speech detailed the struggle for true equality, ending with the quote, “My heart throbs anew in the hope that inspired by the example of Lincoln, imbued with the spirit of Christ, they will cast down the last barrier to perfect freedom. And I, with my brother of blackest hue possessing at last my rightful heritage and holding my head erect, may stand beside the Saxon- a Negro-and yet a man!”

On the return trip to Atlanta from Dublin, young Martin L. King was asked, for the first time in his young life, to relinquish his bus seat and stand in the rear of the bus with his teacher. King initially refused the demand, but was later convinced by his teacher to give up his seat.

A movement is underway in Dublin, GA to construct a monument to commemorate this speech, and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, and inspire future generations to continue his legacy of peaceable activism, humanitarianism, and leadership.

The photo above is an example of the planned memorial.

The photo above is the overall design.

Plans include the addition of a water feature, interactive sculptures, and audio.

Keep updated on on project at First African Baptist Church, Dublin, GA or follow it on Facebook


  • Robert Stephens
    • $100 
    • 8 yrs


Rebecca McWilliam
Dublin, GA

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