Reaching across the divide.

Martin and Bobby Across the Divide

Field review by the editors.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Bronze sculptures of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy (from the waist up) lean out from curving bronze slabs, attempting to touch hands across a sidewalk that runs between them. It was near this spot, while campaigning for President in 1968, that Kennedy told a crowd that King had been shot and killed. Bobby was himself shot and killed two months later.

The memorial sculpture, officially titled "Landmark for Peace," is by artist Greg Perry, and was installed and dedicated in 1995 in Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park. It reminds us a bit of a 1991 civil rights sculpture in Birmingham, where police dogs leap from walls divided by a narrow sidewalk. Another difficult time commemorated with unique public art....

Aside from the novel configuration of the Indianapolis piece, it's made of metal salvaged from melted guns turned into the police department as part of a firearms amnesty program.

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Martin and Bobby Across the Divide

Landmark for Peace Memorial

Address:
1701 N. Broadway St., Indianapolis, IN
Directions:
Martin Luther King Memorial Park. E 17th St. and N. Broadway St., south end of the park. N. Broadway dead-ends northbound between 16th and 17th and gives no access to the location, stay on 16th Ave. and turn north on College Ave, one block east of Broadway. Then turn left on 17th Ave., turn north on Broadway. Sculpture on left side.
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