King Memorial In D.C. Open To Public For 1 More Day

WASHINGTON (AP) — The general public has one more day to visit the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial before Sunday’s dedication.

The memorial will be open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will be closed Friday and Saturday to prepare the site for the dedication.

But bad weather is threatening to disrupt the event. Sunday marks the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. It’s also the day that Hurricane Irene is expected to bear down on the Washington region.

Tuesday’s earthquake has also forced a Saturday event celebrating the memorial to change venues. An interfaith service is now set for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. It was to be held at the National Cathedral.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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