WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - The National Park Service began preparatory work on Monday to remove the "Drum Major" inscription from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in D.C.
Contractor Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc (WEI) is using trailers, lifts and other equipment and put up scaffolding, say NPS officials.
Then original sculptor Master Lei Yixin will arrive the week of July 29 to begin the stone work to remove the quote, according to NPS.
Master Lei Yixin will carve striations over the lettering to match the existing marks on the sculpture that represent the tearing of the "Stone of Hope" from the "Mountain of Despair," says NPS. The paraphrased quotation reads: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness," but critics said the words distort the meaning of the full quote.
Yixin said removing instead of replacing the quote in this way was the safest way to keep the structural integrity of the memorial, according to NPS.
The memorial will remain open during the work, but access to some areas may be affected, says NPS.
The work is expected to be done by the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.