City Council to discuss new downtown monument in honor of MLK


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FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – Fort Wayne City Council voted unanimously to discuss a $ 150,000 donation to help build a new downtown monument in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr.

The sculpture is titled “Pillars of Hope and Justice” and commemorates Dr. King’s historic visit to Fort Wayne in June 1963. It was designed by Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee.

The monument has six pillars arranged in a circular configuration around a stone or concrete square. Each pillar will evoke ancient architectural pillars and growing papyrus reeds, which represent Dr. King’s vision of nonviolent resistance. The sculptural steel shapes will be waterjet cut with words from Dr. King’s speech in June 1963. The pillars are expected to be approximately 15 feet high and include LED lights installed in the center of each pillar.

The project will cost $ 250,000. Of the total, $ 100,000 will come from the City‘s 2022 community development budget and an additional $ 150,000 is requested as part of the legacy funding.

If approved, the proposed sculpture will be contracted out at the southeast corner of the Saint Francis University Performing Arts Center parking lot at 420 W. Berry St. from January 2022.

The City of Fort Wayne Public Arts Commission plans to unveil the monument on June 5, 2023 as part of the 60th anniversary commemoration of Dr. King’s speech in Fort Wayne.


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