Black Catholics Get Sneak Peak at MLK Memorial

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In less than month, Washington, D.C., officials will unveil the first memorial on the National Mall to honor an African American.

This week a group of priests, deacons, and nuns got a sneak peak at the statue honoring Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The $120 million national memorial doesn't officially open until the dedication ceremony, Aug. 28.

On Wednesday, about 75 members of the National Black Catholic Joint Conference toured the construction site.

The memorial will feature symbols and quotes from King's speeches and sermons.

"This was a double dream for us. The fact that he was a minister and was trying to do things that were right," said diocese James Weathers. "That was just a dream come true for me."

Sister Antona Ebo was one of the nuns who attended the early preview. In 1965, she marched alongside King in Selma for voting rights -- one of six nuns in the front of the line, and the only black.

"They didn't have to worry if they got arrested, but I did," she recalled. "I would be in a separate but unequal jail."

The King memorial will be dedicated at its new home along the tidal basin on the 48th anniversary of the civil rights leader's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

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