A new sculpture and plaza on the Boston Common honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy

MASS Design Group, in collaboration with the City of Boston and local nonprofit Embrace Boston, has unveiled a sculpture and supporting landscape on the Boston Common honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

(MASS Design Group)

The Embrace, by Brooklyn artist Hank Willis Thomas, sits in the middle of the 6,000-square-foot 1965 Freedom Rally Memorial plaza, a circular area decorated with over 1,300 granite stone pavers arranged in a quilted star pattern symbolizing collectivism and unity. The pattern responds to a passage from King’s 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail:

“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in

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