I AM A MAN Plaza to be unveiled April 5

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Workers are busy putting on the finishing touches on the "I AM A MAN" Plaza.

Right now a blue tarp covers the statue. It will be unveiled during a dedication ceremony on April 5 at Clayborn Temple--the site where sanitation workers in 1968 held signs with the now famous phrase and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to city hall.

Larry Gaines--a worker for Precise Construction--was just 10 years old when Dr. King came to Memphis and marched with sanitation workers for better working conditions and better pay.

"Most definitely we're in a better place. We're not in an optimum place, but we're in a better place," Gaines said.

Gaines and his fellow workers are putting the finishing touches on the plaza honoring the I AM A MAN phrase.

Today, the goal is to educate future generations and reflect with words, phrases and names.

"We had some marble pieces that were in excess of 12,000 pounds, so it was a lot of detail, lot of weight," Martin Luther Carodine--owner of Precise Construction--said.

Carodine--whose company is overseeing the project--said getting the opportunity to work on the "I AM A MAN" Plaza is something he will cherish forever.

"People have come out here and literally start crying.  I've had workers and subcontractors find people's name on the wall that they didn't realize was there and they've been brought to tears," Carodine said.

You can see and experience I AM A MAN Plaza for yourself. It's expected to be open this Thursday, April 5.

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