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Plaque to honor Fort Wayne's Martin Luther King Jr. bridge

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 11:13 am

Marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, Mayor Tom Henry on Friday was expected to accept a commemorative display honoring the award-winning downtown bridge that bears King’s name.

Members of DLZ Indiana, which helped design the $8.8 million span on Clinton Street, were to present the plaque, which includes the bridge’s recent award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and a photo of the bridge bathed in red, white and blue lights during its dedication on June 4, 2012.

“It’s only fitting (this week, the 50th anniversary of the King-led March on Washington) to reflect on the impact (King’s) efforts had on cities across the country, including Fort Wayne,” Henry said in a statement.

The bridge has received numerous other awards and will be the subject of a special light show this weekend, and the lights used at the dedication will be used each weekend through the end of the year, with special colors at Halloween, Thanksgiving and throughout the Christmas season.