IA Town OKs Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

By: The AP Email
By: The AP Email

Waterloo has approved a memorial honoring Martin Luther King Jr., despite some criticism about its location.

The Waterloo City Council voted 4-3 Monday in favor of building a "peace walk" at Washington Park in the downtown area. A nonprofit group plans to raise $2.8 million to build the walkway and monuments.

The memorial's location has been a contentious issue for years. The council voted against a similar proposal nearly two years ago.

Supporters say the memorial's location will attract tourism and nearby development. Opponents say it would detract from the park's historic nature and namesake, President George Washington.

The memorial will commemorate King and his visit to Waterloo and Washington Park in 1959.

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