Mayor Marty Walsh’s September 20 announcement that the city would install a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. using at least $1 million in private funding has sparked speculation about where such a monument-slash-memorial might go.
There are at least several options based on King’s time as a Boston University theology student in the early 1950s and his return to the city during the following decade.
Here are a few possible spots:
Somewhere in the South End. King lived as a student at 397 Massachusetts Street, 197 Saint Botolph Street, and 396 Northampton Street—all in the South End.
Around Boston University. King is one of the school’s most famous alumni. (In 1975, BU installed an abstract statue that Chilean artist Sergio Castillo designed commemorating King’s “I Have a Dream” speech—it’s 50 doves representing the 50 states. It’s pictured above and is on BU’s Marsh Plaza.) He also lived for a time in one of the university’s residential buildings at 610 Beacon Street.
Twelfth Baptist Church. King attended services at this church at 150 Warren Avenue in Roxbury and later preached there.
Outside the Massachusetts State House, maybe in the Common. On April 22, 1965, King spoke to a joint legislative session inside everyone's favorite Federal touchstone. He closed his remarks by quoting his "I Have a Dream" speech almost verbatim.
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