Lincoln Memorial is 100 Years Old

It opened on May 30, 1922.

From Wikiepedia

The Lincoln Memorial is a U.S. national memorial built to honor the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument, and is in the form of a neoclassical temple. The memorial’s architect was Henry Bacon. The designer of the memorial interior’s large central statue, Abraham Lincoln (1920), was Daniel Chester French; the Lincoln statue was carved by the Piccirilli brothers.[3] The painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin, and the epitaph above the statue was written by Royal Cortissoz. Dedicated in May 1922, it is one of several memorials built to honor an American president. It has always been a major tourist attraction and since the 1930s has sometimes been a symbolic center focused on race relations.

The full quote, which came when Lincoln concluded his speech on the steps of the Capitol, was: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne .

Abraham Lindoln’s motto
Washington D.C. – Lincoln Memorial 05” by Daniel Mennerich is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

8 thoughts on “Lincoln Memorial is 100 Years Old”

    1. Thanks, Joanna. It is both beautiful and historic. On April 9, 1939, contralto Marian Anderson sang before an audience of 75,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The outdoor location was chosen because Constitution Hall, which was owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution, refused to host Anderson owing to the color of her skin. It was also the site of King’s I Have a Dream speech. “I Have a Dream” is a public speech that was delivered by American civil rights activist and Baptist minister, Martin Luther King Jr., during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. In the speech, King called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States.

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  1. Booth was part of a group of conspirators who believed that the Confederacy could be restored if Lincoln where dead. Several of the conspirators were tried and hung on Ft McNair (then the Old Aresenal Penitentiary.) They re-created the Old Court House on the third floor of the building. Many people claim to have seen Mary weeping at the window. I used to be a librarian at NDU on Ft McNair. I’ve seen that Court Room but never Mary’s ghost.

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  2. Thanks for sending the link Pat which was enlightening to say the least. I started to read the responses to it, but I’m never too sure as to whether I want to. I’m glad that you haven’t seen Marys ghost though.

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  3. Mary was the first woman to be hung by the federal government. They quaintly tied a rope around her skirts to protect her modesty while they hung her. She can be identified in the picture by her skirts.

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