New Orleans, Louisiana
The Monumental Task Committee, Inc. has set out to complete yet another important restoration project as part of its overall efforts to preserve the history and diversity of New Orleans through her beautiful monuments.
The Martin Luther King Monument, located on the corner of Felicity and South Claiborne Streets stands as a proud testament to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others that gave their lives for freedom and equality. The inscription on the monument reads, “I have a dream” and is accompanied by a short synopsis of Dr. King’s life and accomplishments. The piece highlights Dr. King’s ties to the city as well as the importance of his work to all mankind. The monument, erected in 1981 through the fund-raising efforts of Larry McKinley, Bishop Herman Brown, and Gus Louis, and Bertran Brown has seen its share of wear and soiling.
The members of the Monumental Task Committee, Inc. have set out to restore this significant piece of New Orleans history back to its former grandeur with the assistance and expertise of volunteer conservator and ceramics expert, Jeanne Stallworth. Ms. Stallworth is a long-time New Orleans resident who cares deeply about the preservation of New Orleans past and the art that represents it. She has completed projects with the Arts Council of New Orleans and is excited to be spearheading the MLK project under the expert direction of Mary Jablonski of Jablonski Building Conservation, Inc. of New York, New York. Ms. Stallworth shared these thoughts on her work with the MTC, "I enjoy the hands-on aspect of conservation, seeing a piece come back to life. I am so happy to be a part of the MTC's efforts to preserve these bits of history for the citizens of New Orleans, for those that visit this great city and for those that will come after us."
Product testing began on June 24th and the entire project will include a full cleaning of the stone monument and base, as well as removal of natural growth from the bronze bust, and clean up of the surrounding area. Funds are still needed to complete the work. If you would like to make a donation towards the project, please visit our donation page, or mail your check to Monumental Task Committee, Inc. ATTN: MLK project 1215 Prytania Street, suite 333, New Orleans, LA 70130.