Local preachers get preview of Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial

A group of ministers got a sneak peak at the national Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial Wednesday while it is still under construction.

King encouraged Carter of New Shiloh Baptist church in Baltimore to become a preacher.

"As fraternity brothers we marched together during the early days of the Montgomery bus boycott,” said Rev. Harold Carter.

More than 50 years after Dr. King led a nation towards equality, Carter and 29 other ministers from the D.C. and Baltimore area were invited to see the final construction phase of the national memorial to Rev. King.

Fourteen inscriptions, all quotes from King, surround the memorial, several of which Carter says were born in a pulpit in Alabama.

"I heard them in Montgomery,” he said.

The narrow corridor carved into the mountain of despair represents the civil rights struggle. Only these ministers can explain what it felt to walk through and see the stone of hope.

ABC7 cameras weren’t allowed in until the memorial will officially be unveiled on August 28th.