Martin Luther King Statue Made In China

The 30ft-tall statue, which forms the centerpiece of a $120 million, four-acre memorial to Martin Luther King, was made in China.

Lei Yixin, a 57-year-old master sculptor from Changsha in Hunan province sculpted the piece.  Lei has no clue who MLK was nor does he much care, he got a paycheck.

Critics wonder why not an American artist and some naturally wanted a black American artist.  But heck, everything else is made in China why not a statue to the civil rights icon too?

Mr Lei is famous in China for his Mao Tse-tung statue.

Ed Dwight, a sculptor in Denver, said Dr. King would be "turning over in his grave" if he knew.  But most know King would have also been surprised to see a monument in the middle of the Washington Mall dedicated to him also.

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