- The largest memorial dedicated to one person in the world located on the western end of the National Mall. The Abraham Lincoln Memorial opened to the public in 1922 is known as the “temple of freedom”.
- Georgia marble statue of Abraham Lincoln designed by Daniel Chester French and sculpted by the Piccirilli Brothers from Tuscany that shows the Preserver of the Union staring directly at the first commander and chief George Washington (monument). Lincoln was a congressman when the cornerstone of the Washington monument was laid.
Henry Bacon, American sculptor, was chosen to create a Greek revival temple made of Yule marble from Colorado which truly encompasses the Sixteenth president’s quote he gave at Gettysburg’s battlefield “ that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall never perish from the earth”
- The beautiful view of the reflecting pool which reflects the Washington Monument and is the same place where MLK jr gave his “I have a dream” speech in front of 200,000 people in front of the Lincoln memorial in August 1963’.
- Abraham Lincoln, the first president born outside of the original thirteen colonies. Born and raised in log cabin in Kentucky and would later move to Southern Illinois business yet it took him many years to pay off debt and would earn the nickname “Honest Abe”.
- The Lincoln Memorial is a national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument.
- Lincoln was not a popular president in his first term in office and he did not think he was going to be reelected during the second time around against his old union general McClellan. Lincoln would win and on the north side of the memorial is Lincoln’s second inaugural address which has the phrase “with malice toward none and charity towards all.”
- Abraham Lincoln is celebrated all over the world and many world leaders have visited this majestic memorial. Lincoln is seen as a moral leader who showed strength under great pressure.
The Lincoln Memorial is a national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument. Dedicated in 1922, it is one of several monuments built to honor an American president.
The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
It is open to the public 24 hours a day. In 2007, it was ranked seventh on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. Approximately 6 million people visit the memorial annually.