Martin Luther King Plaza

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Martin Luther King Plaza
Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Facilities Memorial bust, benches
Operated by City of Pensacola
Opened 1993
Location Palafox Street, between Chase and Gregory Streets
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Martin Luther King Plaza is a memorial park on the Palafox Street median (location of the old trolley tracks) between Chase and Gregory Streets. The park honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A bust of Dr. King is the centerpiece of the plaza and has been victim to numerous vandalism attempts. The plaza was dedicated on January 18, 1993 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).

The Palafox Market is held here on Saturday mornings in the summer.

Bust of Dr. King[edit]

The bust of Dr. King was sculpted by Atlanta artist Ayokunle Odeleye and was installed in December 1992.[1] At the base of the bust is a plaque inscribed with an excerpt from Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1964:

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

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