A happy crowd of children, community members and civil rights activists gathered at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Aug. 22 to celebrate the opening of a new civil rights‐themed playground.
Numerous speakers, music and a ceremonial ribbon‐cutting helped dedicate the unique and inspiring play area during the fifth annual Celebrate Our Beloved Community event. The new playground mixes in numerous educational opportunities detailing people, places and events that helped shape African-Americans’ struggle for civil rights.
Park users can scan quick response (QR) codes with their phones to learn more about influential African-American inventors, hike over an oversized book staircase honoring notable African-American authors and scale a play surface bearing King’s likeness. There’s also a replica of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and a flag commemorating the Red Hand Division, a heroic Black World War I infantry regiment, among other civil rights‐themed amenities.