The Lincoln Memorial became part of the National Parks system in 1933, when Franklin Roosevelt expanded the park idea to include historical sites as well as majestic natural scenery. King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech took place on the memorial's steps, with two Park Rangers nearby. In 1980, King's birthplace in Atlanta was dedicated as a National Historic Site.
Harpers Ferry Center, Historic Photo Collection
Episode Six: 1946–1980
Martin Luther King, Jr.