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1980 - King Statue Placed in Marshall Park

King’s father standing beside the statue with Governor Jim Hunt.
Event Date: 
April 5, 1980
Event Type: 
80s Charlotte 1980-1989

April 5, 1980 - King’s statue is placed in Marshall Park.

  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. statue is dedicated and placed in Marshall Park. 
  • The statue is sculpted by Selma Burke, the African American artist who had sculpted the bust of Franklin Roosevelt that appears on the dime. 
  • King’s father and Burke attend the unveiling (shown in photo). Sculptor Selma Burke was also present.