updated 11/20/2006 5:49:51 PM ET 2006-11-20T22:49:51

In a poetic tribute to their parents, the children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King dedicated a new crypt for both husband and wife Monday and declared “the peacemaker and the peacekeeper are together again.”

All four of the Kings’ children were on hand for the dedication ceremony, along with former Mayor Andrew Young, Rep. John Lewis and the Rev. Joseph Lowery, all veterans of the civil rights movement.

Coretta Scott King died in January at 78. Her husband was assassinated in April 1968. She was laid to rest in a temporary grave until her husband’s crypt at the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change was replaced with a larger one for both of them.

“It is altogether fitting that Martin and Coretta are here in this place ... just as their spirits are together for all of eternity,” said Martin Luther King Jr.’s sister, Christine King Farris.

She said Coretta Scott King was not only a loving wife and mother, but also her brother’s tireless and devoted partner who continued his work after his assassination.

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