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As part of its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and abolition of slavery in the United States, the Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission will construct the Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument on Brown’s Island. Learn about the monument »

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Selections Announced

The Virginia Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument will be a permanent 12-foot monument celebrating the emancipation of slaves and freedom. It will be located on Brown's Island in Richmond, Virginia.

Ten African American Virginians have been selected for inclusion on the monument.

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2017 Virginians on the Monument Final Selections

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2017 Virginians on the Monument Public Hearings

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2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Floor Statement

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2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Floor Speech - Senator McClellan

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2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Floor Speech - Delegate Tyler

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memorial Commission of the Virginia General Assembly

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, a statutory and bipartisan agency of the Virginia General Assembly, was created in 1992 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. King, and to continue his work through educational, historical and cultural programs, public policy analysis, and public discourse on contemporary issues. The Commission also oversees two subcommittees, The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Subcommittee and the Special Subcommittee on Public School Closings in Virginia.