ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — It’s been more than a year in the making, but a memorial garden has been completed to honor the late Coretta Scott King.

The tribute is located in Anne Arundel County and, as Tim Williams reports, it’s a fitting location embraced by the community.

It’s the first of its kind in the nation.  A memorial garden has been completed to honor the late Coretta Scott King.

“Oftentimes, as great as Dr. King was, people overlook the fact that there were literally millions of people that made the civil rights movement what it was and one of the chief persons involved in that movement was his wife,” said Carl Snowden, director of the Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights.

The Annapolis garden has been a year in the making, but planning started shortly after her death in January 2006.  It sits on the grounds of Sojourner Douglass College.  It’s taking $200,000 in private donations to complete and will be open to the public 365 days a year.

“She was a courageous and wonderful woman.  She actually helped expand the whole notion of human rights in our society.  She was a strong proponent of gay rights, labor rights, women’s rights.  She became one of the most influential women of the 21st century,” Snowden said.

The garden features an eternal fountain, a biographical plaque entitled “Her Story,” and a number of quotes.  Each seems to address the challenge Mrs. King was facing at that time in her life.  One reads, “For I deeply believe that the only way I can be worthy of seeing the dreams for my children come to pass is by being willing to struggle, sacrifice, even suffer.”

Donations are still being accepted toward the garden.  For more information, click here.


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