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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–68)
QUOTATION: Free at last, free at last
Thank God almighty
We are free at last
ATTRIBUTION: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., epitaph, South View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia.

King was buried on a site adjoining Ebenezer Baptist Church. He had quoted these words from a Negro spiritual to end his “I Have a Dream” speech given during the march on Washington, August 28, 1963, Washington, D.C.—Coretta Scott King, The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr., p. 98 (1984).

See No. 462 for a quotation from the “I Have a Dream” speech.
SUBJECTS: Epitaphs