dr._kingMartin Luther King Jr. spent several vacations in Bimini, where it is said, he went to relax and to fish, when he was not working on Nobel Prize acceptance speech. The Bahamas honored set to honor him with a bust on the small island in the mangrooves where he spent time.

In 1964, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr went to the Bahamas to work on his Nobel Prize Acceptance speech. King traveled to Bimini, the westernmost island in the Bahamian archipelago where he went bonefishing with boatbuilder and now-local historian Ansil Saunders. Dr. King would also visit with and then-Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr, who also made a home on the island.

The Bahamas commemorated the event in what is a quickly-growing tourist destination (and home to the country’s largest marina at the Bimini Bay Resort). The government unveil a bust of Dr King during a ceremony and later placed it in the mangroves near which King and Saunders went bonefishing in 1964 and 1968. “Dr King’s used to say that only God could have created this spot with its pristine environment.

The bust was designed by noted sculptor Erik Blome. As part of the launch, the government is created a scholarship fund for Bahamian students to attend the Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla. The aim of the project is to bring attention to King’s time in Bimini, according to the government.