Breathe easy folks—it appears as though the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington won't be ruined. According to National Parks Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson, work to remove the controversial "drum major" quote to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will be completed by the time Lei Yixin departs D.C. on Aug. 20.
Re MLK Memorial: NPS and contractor have found a solution and work WILL be done before Master Lei leaves— Carol B Johnson (@NationalMallPIO) August 15, 2013
NPS Historic Preservation Training Center is now working under the watchful eye of Master Lei who is happy with the solution for completion— Carol B Johnson (@NationalMallPIO) August 15, 2013
Earlier in the week, there was concern over whether or not the memorial would be finished after a disagreement about how to properly sandblast and refinish the stone where the quote was removed. Aug. 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of not only the march, but Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, which is the defining speech of the Civil Rights Movement.