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"World's Worst Martin Luther King Statue" - OU071D

 as dubbed by journalist Jerry Bledsoe's 1984 book, North Carolina Curiosities

Hidden by  FailedApparatus

N 35° 13.158' W 80° 50.302' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > North Carolina
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Time: 0:05 h   Distance to Travel: b.d.
 Date Hidden: 12 May 2014
 Date Created: 11 May 2014
 Last Modified: 13 May 2014
 Waypoint: OU071D


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Description   EN   

Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. But he certainly hasn't inspired great public art. That dismal fact was driven home when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar ordered the National Park Service to redo part of its new MLK memorial in Washington, D.C. The problem: The words on the statue, “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness," never actually came out of the civil-rights leader's mouth; they were a lame paraphrase of a more complex statement.

A glance around the nation's parks and plazas, however, reveals that Washington cannot claim a monopoly on the Awkward MLK Statue phenom. Check out this visage of the good doctor in Omaha, Neb.: You could hide a golf ball in the yawning cleft on that chin. (The actual crease on King's jaw was more subtle.) And whoever fabricated the MLK statue in Albany, N.Y., must have forged the limbs separately and then attempted to fuse them together, because the Nobel-Prize-winning pastor is stuck with an oversized, neckless head. The viewer is left wondering: Does it bobble?

But in terms of sheer what-on-earth-ness, no King statue can hold a torch to the one drawing double takes in Marshall Park in Charlotte, N.C. It is officially the "World's Worst Martin Luther King Statue," according to journalist Jerry Bledsoe's 1984 book, North Carolina Curiosities.

Who is that fellow, and what is he doing? Although King actually did make an unconventional hand gesture during his "I Have a Dream" speech, here he looks like Darth Vader getting ready to force-choke a fool. With that tensed knee and up-stretched hand, King could also be one of the martial artists in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, seconds away from soaring into the air and executing a flurry of chops and kicks. For a celebrated pacifist, these thoughts are alarming.

To claim credit for this find, post a picture of yourself with the unloved Charlotte statue of a more deserving great man.  Note:  parking can be tricky in this area so please use caution.  Please do not post a picture taken from a passing automobile.


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1 26 March 2017 ithink314 Found it

I'm afraid the gesture looks disturbingly like a Nazi salute, but we enjoyed a walk around the park. Sunday is a great day to visit because parking was free and plentiful along the streets.

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+/- 100 @ March 26, 2017 5:55 PM.

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MLK and ithink314
MLK and ithink314

1 01 December 2014 QueensGrantMusic Found it

I found this in the dark.  If you need a new picture, I will go back in the day time.


Thank you for this cache.  I will be adding Munzee's to this area soon.

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Martin and My finger
Martin and My finger

1 23 June 2014 themulcher Found it

I was there .
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1 22 June 2014 GoinPostNet Found it

I was uptown looking for other caches and this statue was nearby. Took a selfie and then left.
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Here's my pic
Here's my pic

1 20 May 2014 Mrs. HB31 Found it

Came out today to see just how bad the statue really is.  Pretty bad - but makes for a good OC!
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Hanging with Martin
Hanging with Martin