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Meet The Embrace: New Monument Honoring MLK Jr. & Coretta Scott King Now Open to Public

The Embrace & the 1965 Freedom Plaza on the Boston Common is officially open to everyone.

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It’s been a labor of love for artist Hank Willis Thomas, lead architect Jonathan Evans, and the entire Embrace Boston team for more than five years. Evans explains that seeing the public engage with the piece is an unbelievable feeling.

The sculpture of the Kings’ embrace stands upon the 1965 Freedom Plaza. It was important to Evans and his team to ground the Kings’ message and movement in the Boston story of fighting for equity and justice.

As a result, 65 names of other Boston civil rights activists can be found surrounding the sculpture in stone. The stone is laid in a way to mimic the patterns found in traditional African American quilt making.  

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People have a wide range of opinions about the new sculpture on Boston Common honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King.
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