BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) On Tuesday, city leaders gathered in the City Plaza to unveil the newly restored monument for the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The monument was originally placed in 1997 and over the years the paint has been chipped and worn from the elements and graffiti.
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation raised $80,000 to have the monument fixed up.
Over the course of seven weeks a contractor worked to sandblast the old paint off and research the hues of the original colors. Now the monument looks new with the blue and orange paint. Mayor Sharon Weston Broome says the restored monument will serve as a reminder of what MLK stood for.
“And just like this monument East Baton Rouge Parish is undertaking the tough but necessary process of uncovering layers upon layers of our community’s history and enhancing our foundation to be a stronger Baton Rouge,” Mayor Weston Broome said.
The funding came from private donations and area corporations for the project. The new layers of paint were selected for their durability so the restored color will last for many years.