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Park Service to begin work next week to remove drum major quote from MLK Memorial

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“I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteous,” the criticized quote inscribed on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. will be removed.

Preparation for this change will begin Monday by Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc., The National Park Service contractor.

Sculptor Master Lei Yixin will do the stone work to remove the quote. Yixin suggested the inscription be removed and not replaced to preserve the structural integrity of the memorial.

Striations will be carved on top of the lettering to equal the marks on the sculpture symbolizing the tearing of the “Stone of Hope” from the “Mountain of Despair.”

The work is expected to be completed by the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28.

The memorial will remain open during the construction with some area restrictions.

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