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Lincoln Memorial

Historic Activities in DC

Visit one of the largest memorials celebrating President Lincoln along the National Mall during your DC getaway. The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours per day and is a part of the National Park Service.

Though Congress created the Lincoln Monument Association in March 1867 to honor our 16th President, who was assassinated on April 14, 1865, construction did not begin until 1914 and lasted until 1922. Most of the memorial was complete by April 1917 but construction was slowed with the United States entering World War I.

As a nod to the President unifying the country, stone and marble was collected from around the country with pieces coming from Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. Henry Bacon, the memorial’s architect, choose these pieces to show how our country came back together as a Union and could build something beautiful together.

The memorial is 99 ft. tall and 190 ft. long and modeled after the Parthenon in Greece. The memorial holds three chambers, the north, south, and central, and the north and south chambers hold the carved inscriptions from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. The gigantic murals above the inscriptions were done by Jules Guerin to capture Lincoln’s life-long governing principles. Surrounding the memorial is 38 Doric columns which represent the 36 states in the Union when Lincoln died with two additional columns are located at the entrance.

The 19 ft. tall Lincoln Statue lies in the central chamber and took four years to complete by the Piccirilli brothers, under supervision by sculptor Daniel Chester French. The President is immortalized in contemplation and showing his strength and compassion through the positioning of his hands. You’ll notice one is clenched whereas the other is more relaxed.

Today, visitors come to pay their respects to President Lincoln, marvel at the memorial, and enjoy the impressive views from the statue and the surrounding grounds, including the famous Reflecting Pool.

2 Lincoln Memorial Circle on the National Mall

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