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This Day in Georgia History

April 16, 2006

MLK Portrait Unveiled

In ceremonies attended by Gov. Sonny Perdue, other state officials, and several members of the King family, a new and larger portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. was unveiled at the Georgia state capitol. The new portrait replaced a smaller painting of King hung outside the governor’s office in 1974 (see Feb. 17, 1974 entry). The new portrait, 50 percent larger than the previous one, was created because the 1974 portrait of King was dwarfed by the larger portraits of governors that hung around it.