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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday that the city will honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with a statue that will coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death.
“Boston’s finally going to build a fitting memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the city he once called his second home,” Walsh said to members of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Walsh said he will be working with philanthropist Paul English and members of the Boston community to find a suitable design and location.
“During his time in Boston, Dr. King embodied the best of our values,” Walsh said. “He completed his education here. He built community here, and met his wife Coretta.”
“When Dr. King returned to Boston in 1965, he stood on the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common and said: ‘The vision of the New Boston must extend into Roxbury. Boston must be a testing ground for the ideals of freedom.’ Dr. King’s challenge is as real today as it was then,” Walsh said.