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  • The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 28.

      The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 28.
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  • People view the new Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.

      People view the new Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.
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  • People view the new Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.

      People view the new Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.
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  • The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 28.

      The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 28.
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  • Sculptor Lei Yixin, from China, poses in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

      Sculptor Lei Yixin, from China, poses in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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  • The words of Martin Luther King, Jr., are seen on the walls of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial ahead of its dedication this weekend, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Washington.

      The words of Martin Luther King, Jr., are seen on the walls of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial ahead of its dedication this weekend, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Washington.
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  • The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 28. The Washington Monument is at right.

      The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 28. The Washington Monument is at right.
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  • The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 28.

      The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen unveiled from scaffolding during the soft opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The memorial will be dedicated Sunday, Aug. 28.
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  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in Washington, ahead of its dedication next weekend.

      The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in Washington, ahead of its dedication next weekend.
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  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in Washington, ahead of its dedication next weekend.

      The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in Washington, ahead of its dedication next weekend.
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  • The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is seen on the National Mall in Washington.

      The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is seen on the National Mall in Washington.
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  • A part of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is seen on the National Mall in Washington.

      A part of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is seen on the National Mall in Washington.
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  • A detail of the memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is seen on the National Mall in Washington.

      A detail of the memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is seen on the National Mall in Washington.
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  • People look through the fence surrounding the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington.

      People look through the fence surrounding the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington.
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Tourists and washingtonians alike got their first up-close look at the memorial to the rev. martin luther king jr. the site opened monday morning without fanfare to kick off a week of celebrations ahead of sunday's official dedication.

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