The Freedom Plaza

The Freedom Plaza, originally known as the Western Plaza is an open place northwest of Washington, DC, at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW (between the White House and the Capitol). It is adjacent to Pershing Park. Designed in 1980, the square is elevated above the street and paved on most of it, a paving that reproduces part of Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s plan for the city of Washington. A large fountain is at its western end, while on the opposite side to the east stands an equestrian statue of General Kazimierz Pułaski.

The place was renamed in honor of Martin Luther King who worked at his famous speech I have a dream in the nearby Hotel Willard. In 1988, a time capsule containing the bible, a robe and other relics of Dr. King was buried under the square. It will be reopened in 2088.

Freedom Plaza is often used for political protest demonstrations or public events. Every day, thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to the square.