THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. “I HAVE A DREAM”
WORLD PEACE ROSE GARDEN
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, Georgia (1992 & 1996)

Theme: Peace through Non-Violence

 


Location: 450 Auburn NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312, USA
Hours Open: daily, sunrise to sunset
 


Garden Description:
The Garden borders the Peace Plaza, in front of the Visitors’Center. It has 185 roses in a variety of colors and fragrances. The graves of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King can be seen directly across the street if you stand at the Peace Plaza, facing the rose garden.

Meaning of Design:

  • The starburst design reminds us of the brilliance of Dr. King's life and the impact of his ideals on humankind.
  • The pink roses in the center represent Mrs. Coretta Scott King's oneness with Dr. King and her continuation of his work.
  • The band of red roses that weaves its way through the garden honors African-Americans and their contributions to the history of the United States and the world.
  • The solid bands of white roses honor the special bond and similarity of peace movements between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The various clusters of multi-colored roses symbolize the nations of the world and the universal appeal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message of peace through non-violence.

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