Final Martin Luther King drive sign posted in Davenport


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Posted Online: Aug. 28, 2012, 11:14 pm
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The placement of the last Martin Luther King Memorial Drive sign on Marquette Street in Davenport was finished Tuesday morning by Davenport traffic department employee Kelvin Hahn. Ten years ago a group of citizens had a dream to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The City of Davenport had designated Marquette Street as MLK Memorial Drive, but there was no money for signs. Over the years, money was raised to place about one sign a year. In 2010 the St. Ambrose Diversity Work Group (DWG) set as a goal to raise money for the purchase of all signs. August 28, 2012 is the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's ''I Have a Dream'' speech. A total of 55 signs at a cost of $35 each were placed. The result was a collaboration between the DWG, administrators, staff, faculty, students, alums and friends, all in partnership with the City of Davenport.
















 



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