Dr. Martin Luther King Plaza is a memorial park on the Palafox Street median between Chase and Gregory Streets (location of the old trolley tracks). The park honors the memory of revolutionary Civil Rights Movement leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The plaza was dedicated on January 18, 1993 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).
At the center of the park is a bust of Dr. King that was sculpted by Atlanta artist Ayokunle Odeleye and was installed in December 1992. At the base of the bust is a plaque inscribed with an excerpt from Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1964:
“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
The Palafox Market is held at the MLK Plaza on Saturday mornings in the summer and many marches and demonstrations have taken place at this site over the years.