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Mayor Bowser to Kick Off Renovations at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Removal of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Mural will Mark Beginning of the $208 Million Project

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Thursday, June 8, at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will highlight the removal of the 56-by-7 feet oil painting at Martin Luther King, Jr., (MLK) Memorial Library. The removal will mark the start of the $208 million modernization project that is scheduled to reopen in 2020. Once completed, the library will include a café, patio, rooftop, terrace auditorium, and a conference center. In 2015, Mayor Bowser accelerated the funding to renovate the central library in her Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.


Thursday, June 8, at 11 am


Mayor Muriel Bowser
Councilmember David Grosso, At-Large
Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director, DC Public Library
Anthony Williams, Vice-President, DC Public Library Foundation


Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW
*Closest Metro: Gallery Place – Chinatown Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to To view the event online, visit or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).