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Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park, Dublin

This mural, completed in 2018, imagines a young girl’s hope for a better tomorrow and is the highlight of Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Park, at the gateway to downtown Dublin.

Located across from the First African Baptist Church, it honors Dr. King’s first speech and the roots of the Civil Rights movement that grew sprung from it. It is the work of Atlanta artist Corey Barksdale.

It’s a small park, but packs a lot of history and art into the space. An audio program can be activated, telling the story of King’s important visit to Dublin.

A beautiful sculpture by Mr. Barksdale, Freedom Ascension, is also located in the park.

A nice photo mural by Randall Gearhart features the interior of the church.

In addition to the work in the park, a sculpture by Dublin resident Juan Lleras honoring the architecture of First African Baptist Church and hopeful for a new generation to carry Dr. King’s legacy forward, is located across the street in the churchyard.

Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail

Big Chief, Indian Springs

This is a convenience store in Indian Springs, and the name is typical of tourist-driven locales with a history of Indian presence. For better or worse, Native American icons and symbols have been appropriated by myriad enterprises since the earliest days of European settlement in North America. They are also a prominent source for place names.