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Celebrating the 51st Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's Receipt of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize

statute dedicated to Dr. King is unveiled

October 19, 2015 – On October 14, in Essex County, a statute dedicated to Dr. King was unveiled. The statue was unveiled on the 51st anniversary of Dr. King’s receipt of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and will forever commemorate the anniversary. The statue is an eight-foot tall bronze statue and is placed on a three-foot tall granite pedestal. It is located in a plaza next to the county Hall of Records in Newark, and is engraved with “I have a dream,” and other inspiring words. The plaza has also been named in King’s honor, according to Essex County officials.

Streets and a school are named in his honor and his bust is in Newark City Hall, but until now there has not been a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Essex County,” Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said in a statement about the unveiling.

The statue, created by Oregon-based artist Jay Warren, joins a long line of others around the county honoring civil rights activists. Officials unveiled the nearby statue of Rosa Parks at the Essex County Courthouse last year.

I don't know if we understand how spiritual and important this day is,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a release about the statue.

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