15 July 2011

Cold Spring Granite Plays Key Role in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C.

As recently featured on local CBS News Station, WCCO Minneapolis, Cold Spring Granite played a key role in the construction of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial being constructed at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

The Kenoran Sage granite, quarried just north of the Minnesota border in Ontario, Canada, was brought to Cold Spring, MN where the cubic benches, radial walls and paving were fabricated.  The walls, which surround the memorial, include quotations from the likes of King himself, JFK and other civil right leaders.  Once fabricated, the material was delivered to Washington D.C. and installed on site.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial will encompass a four acre site that will sit between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and very close to the Korean War Memorial.  There is a total of 50,000 square feet of natural stone being used on the project including a significant stone entrance. 

The MLK memorial will be open to the public on August 28.

To watch the full interview and story, visit the WCCO website.  

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