MLK Statue for Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (originally The Parade)
Originally known as The Parade, this park was designed to be an important part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s ring of parks within the city of Buffalo. It operated as a public park and pleasure ground for up- per-middle class and middle-class white residents of the city, housing some of the first major recreational swimming spaces within the urban fabric. The Science Museum was added to this site as a formal front to the park. As Buffalo’s East Side became a predominantly Af- rican American neighborhood, disinvestment grew, and the construction of a local interstate cut apart much of Olmsted’s plan. Fortunately, much of the original park itself was spared.