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Landmark for Peace: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy

One of my favorite places in Indianapolis is a park located at 17th and Broadway, just north of downtown. Here you’ll find what at first appears to be a typical city park. A playground, picnic tables, and basketball goals are scattered about the largely open field. But look a little closer, and you’ll notice a stunning sculpture. This is the Landmark for Peace Memorial, and it commemorates one of our nation’s most challenging days, and yet what many consider to be the city’s finest hour.

Landmark for Peace

This park is called Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, named in honor of Dr. King because on the night he was assassinated, Robert Kennedy was in town to give a campaign speech at that park. While cities all over America dealt with riots because of the understandable outrage over Dr. King’s assassination, Kennedy’s message of peace and the importance of carrying on Dr. King’s legacy kept Indianapolis free of violence that night and in the weeks to come. It is now considered one of the most important speeches in U.S. history, and portions of it are engraved at a memorial in Arlington National Cemetary in Washington, D.C.

The memorial was designed by Indianapolis artist and designer Greg Perry. It features silhouettes of Dr. King and Kennedy reaching out to each other and to the heavens above. It really is really an impressive work of art, and a fitting place to pay your respects to two of the most influential men in American history on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day or any other day of the year.

Before planning a visit to the park, I would encourage you to listen to Kennedy’s speech, available here:

Robert Kennedy’s speech on Dr. King’s assassination, via YouTube

Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at arrowssentforth.blogspot.com. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.