Council approves plan to memorialize Dr. King’s Fort Wayne visit

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne City Council approved a plan to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 visit to Fort Wayne.

The plan is to build a memorial with input from several local historic and art groups. The resolution was co-sponsored by Councilwoman Michelle Chambers and Councilman Russ Jehl Tuesday and heard from members of the MLK Club as well as a spokesman for the NAACP.

The resolution asks the Fort Wayne Art Commission, which is made up of 13 people, to work with relevant community groups such as Fort Wayne Community Development, the History Center, the African American Historical Society Museum, the MLK Club and the local Faith Community.

Chambers mentioned Dr. King spoke in Fort Wayne at the Scottish Rite on June 5, 1963, to a crowd of thousands saying around one quarter to one third of the audience was white according to estimates at the time.

The commission has until March 3 to provide feedback.

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