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Built in 1980, the Western Plaza was subsequently renamed Freedom Plaza in 1988, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. who had developed his "I have a dream speech" within close proximity to this space. Freedom Plaza remains a popular space for political protests and civic events in Washington DC.
For information regarding Freedom Plaza you will need to contact the National Park Service. Please click on link for additional information: http://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/permits.htm.