An emotional state Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan, head of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission that spearheaded the creation of the monument, is comforted by Gov. Ralph S. Northam as Delegate Betsy B. Carr, left, applauds the unveiling. Many in the crowd also shed tears during the ceremony.
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