In 1999 a design competition was announced “Build The Dream.” 900 artists from 52 countries competed. An international jury pool decided on the final design. The prize went to the Roma Design Group from San Francisco. The design is a park setting with the main sculpture work in 3 sections. The sculpture looks like a mountain that is split apart. Why? Because in King’s “I Have A Dream “ speech he says.” We will be able to move out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” which is engraved in stone on the mountain of granite.
They even took the time to carefully plan the landscaping to have meaning. Planted were 165 Cherry Blossom Trees to signify the week Dr. King was assassinated. They should be in bloom that time of the year. Another symbolic coincidence is the address. 1964 Independence Avenue. That was the year President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Legislation.