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Norfolk's MLK memorial restoration project underway, expected Summer 2021 completion

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Posted at 9:38 PM, Jan 17, 2021

NORFOLK, Va. - Restoration on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is now underway and is expected to be complete this summer.

The restoration project includes repairing structural components and exterior panels after a structural engineer found the steel supports and granite panels had deteriorated. A contractor removed the panels in October 2020.

In April, city officials say the contractor will repair the masonry and install plumbing and electrical components. The steel tower installation will start in May and then the granite sections will be attached. City officials say lane closures will be announced in advance.

The memorial was dedicated in 2000 and was conceived by former Norfolk Councilman and General District Court Judge, Joseph A. Jordan, Jr. The granite memorial stands at 83-feet tall and is inscribed with quotations by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City of Norfolk’s annual MLK ceremony and march will be held virtually on Monday, due to COVID-19 restrictions.