Civic and community leaders each took their turn at the pulpit to share their thoughts on the significance of the march, as more than 50 locals who attended the march watched on in the front pews.
Throughout the service, a consistent question was what King would think of today's racial divide, 50 years after his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Larry Griffin was 13 years old when his mother drove him to the march in Washington D.C. in 1963. He said he didn't realize the significance of it until they arrived, and he saw a gathering unlike anything he'd seen before.
Griffin said he believed there was still much to be done in our society before King's dream is realized—a sentiment echoed by many speakers. Griffin particularly believed that local leaders needed to make an effort to become more involved with troubled communities.
King would be pleased with progress made, but not truly satisfied, he said.
Carl Snowden oversaw the unveiling of the monument just after noon on Wednesday.
To one side of Snowden stood dozens of local foot soldiers—those who attended the 1963 March on Washington. Their names were inscribed on the memorial, which stands 7 feet tall and is 14 feet wide and bears an image of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the day he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.