Algunas personas se toman fotos en el monumento a Martin Luther King, Jr., el lunes 22 de agosto del 2011 en Washington. (Foto AP/Charles Dharapak) By Charles Dharapak
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in Washington, ahead of its dedication next weekend. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) By Charles Dharapak
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tourists and Washingtonians alike are getting their first up-close look at the memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The site opened Monday morning without fanfare to kick off a week of celebrations ahead of Sunday's official dedication.
The memorial sits on the National Mall near the Tidal Basin, between monuments honoring Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. It includes a 30-foot-tall sculpture of King and a 450-foot-long granite wall inscribed with 14 quotations from the civil rights leader.
Sunday's dedication ceremony will mark the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the dedication.