PATERSON, NJ - The City of Paterson will mark the 56th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” by cutting the ribbon on MLK Park Wednesday.

Located at the corner of Auburn and Governor Streets, across from the Bethel A.M.E. Church where Dr. King spoke just days before his 1968 assassination, the until recently litter strewn lot, long a destination for those seeking a refuge for drug use and other nefarious activity, has been transformed into a beautiful sanctuary of reflection and meditation. 

Previously referring to the effort as “the start of a new beginning,” Fourth Ward Councilwoman has often shared her vision of attracting tour buses from the Great Falls to Bethel AME to “see where Dr. King spoke.” 

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“51 years ago, Dr. King came here, when I was a little girl,” Cotton said at a recent ceremony to mark the beginning of the work on the park. “He led the way in the civil rights movement,” she reflected, offering a timely reminder of the important role the legendary orator played in our nation’s history. 

The park, a project driven largely by Paterson Habitat for Humainty and constructed by volunteers including from United Way of Passaic County, City Green, St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation, and the Bronze Heat is set to feature 35 trees, two concrete chess tables, two picnic tables. a drainage system for rainwater flow, and a bronze statue of Dr. King according to officials.  

Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony which is set to begin at 10:00 a.m.

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