Charleston’s Martin Luther King monument facing long steps
The group studying a Martin Luther King memorial for Charleston said today that numerous paperwork and approval hurdles remain ahead.
For the memorial to become a reality, fund-raising and agreements involving Congress and the Park Service have to be worked out.
“Some are going to have to be signed off by the director of the National Park Service for us to proceed,” said Tim Stone, superintendent of the Fort Sumter National Monument.
Stone’s comments came during a meeting of the city’s MLK monument subcommittee.
Charleston City Council earlier approved a new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. at Liberty Square.
But because the property is owned by the Park Service, the federal government is going to be closely involved.
The memorandum of understanding between the city and the National Park Service calls for placing the new King memorial at the 4-acre downtown park next to the S.C. Aquarium and the Park Service’s Fort Sumter Visitors Center.
The project has a $500,000 fund-raising budget.
Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.