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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Restoration Begins October 14

NORFOLK, VA – The City of Norfolk is restoring the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, at the corner of Brambleton Avenue and Church Street. The project should be finished in early 2021. The restoration project will repair structural components and exterior panels after a structural engineer found the steel supports and granite panels have deteriorated.  

  • A contractor will start disassembling the memorial on Wednesday, October 14th. During the work, a temporary road closure will be in place for the northbound lanes of Church Street through the end of October. Motorists should follow all posted signs. 
  • Crews will work between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Off-duty police and flaggers may assist with traffic.
  • Access to residences and businesses will be maintained.

Once the memorial is assessed and repaired, another lane closure will take place for crews to reassemble the memorial.  

The memorial was dedicated in 2000 and was conceived by former Norfolk Councilman and General District Court Judge, Joseph A. Jordan, Jr. The granite memorial stands at 83-feet tall and is inscribed with quotations by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a reminder of the importance of civil rights. It also serves as a site for the City’s annual ceremony honoring Dr. King, where participants march to the memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony.

MLK Jr Memorial Restoration Project Image

For more information, review the Project Plan

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