The Lincoln Memorial is a re-imagination of a classical Greek temple, terminating the western end of the National Mall and honoring the sixteenth President of the US, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, who was President through one of the worst times in American history, the Civil War, is remembered as one of the greatest American Presidents for his wise leadership, ultimately preserving the fragile Union and emancipating the slaves. The memorial was completed in 1922, almost sixty years after Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in first Presidential assassination in American history. A monumental statue of the President sits contemplatively in the center of the marble structure, facing the long Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument in the distance.
- Contemplate the legacy of the Great Emancipator
- Read Lincoln’s immortal words from the Gettysburg Address carved into the south wall
- Stand on the same steps where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech during the 1963 March on Washington of the Civil Rights Movement
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