Martin Luther King Statue

The Hermann Park Conservancy is asking the public for help in raising money for a statue of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, which will stand in the Hermann Park Garden Center. Houston Public Radio's Jim Bell reports.

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The life-sized statue of Martin Luther King will cost 250 thousand dollars, and the Hermann Park Conservancy needs 25 thousand dollars by the end of this month to keep a matching grant of 50 thousand dollars from disappearing.  Conservancy Director Doreen Stoller says time is getting short and they need donations now.

"Assuming that we raise the match by the end of the month, and we have received some additional donations, so we'll have the total at about 165 thousand toward the 250 thousand dollar goal, and that will be enough to actually commission the statue itself."

Stoller says the statue of Dr. King will stand alongside a statue of the Mahatma Ghandi, and that's not by accident. 

"Ghandi was an inspiration to Dr. King. He tried to follow a lot of Ghandi's teachings, especially about peace and inclusion, and that is really the core of Dr. King's message."

Stoller says the Hermann Park Conservancy is a 501 (c)(3) organization, which means donations to the MLK memorial fund are tax deductible.  There's more information about the Conservancy on our website KUHF.org. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.