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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, D.C.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (MLK) is located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. was designed by the world famous 20th century architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The library opened in 1972.  It was Mies' last building and is the only library he ever designed and, according to his daughter, Georgia, is the building that gets the most public use of all his creations.

After a petition and letter writing drive by District residents, the D.C. Board of Library Trustees in 1971 named the new central library in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who had been killed three years earlier. The District’s central library was the first major public building in the United States to be named in his memory. A large and significant mural to Dr. King by artist Don Miller highlights the library’s lobby.

The building was designated as a historic landmark on June 28, 2007. The library houses several special collections, including the Washingtoniana Collection which includes books, newspaper archives, maps, census record, and oral histories related to the history of Washington, D.C. The collection includes 1.3 million photographs from the Washington Star newspaper and the theatrical video collection of the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive.

The D.C. Public Library is sponsoring a number of free public events for the King Memorial Dedication week beginning August 22. For a complete list, go to: http://www.dclibrary.org/node/14676.

Photograph from Wikipedia (see below)

For more information see:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr._Memorial_Library (photo from Wikipedia);

2. June 28, 2007 Historic Preservation Review Board Report on Historic Landmark Designation Case No. 06-02, Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 9th and G Streets, NW Square 375 Lot 825, which can be found at http://planning.dc.gov/DC/Planning/Historic+Preservation/Plans+and+Reports/Project+Reports+and+Actions; and

3. D.C. Public Library website: http://www.dclibrary.org/node/741.

 
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