As quickly as visitors flocked to the newly unveiled Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial — which was opened to the public Monday in Washington, D.C., and will be officially dedicated this Sunday — critics began expressing their outrage over its design. It's too white, and too small, says Blake Gopnik at The Daily Beast. Worse, it fails to capture King's legacy, says Courtland Milloy at The Washington Post. But the King monument is not the first to debut to controversy and public outcry. From London's memorial to Princess Diana to the soon-to-be-opened National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, here's a history of recent controversial monuments — many of which eventually became national treasures.
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