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The Lincoln Memorial is, as the name suggests, a national memorial built in 1912 and dedicated in May 1922 to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from Washington Monument.
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Key Facts & Information
- The building of the Lincoln Memorial looks like a temple – a Greek Doric Temple.
- The architect that designed The Lincoln Memorial was Henry Bacon.
- Abraham Lincoln’s Statue inside the memorial was done in 1920 and was designed by Daniel Chester French and sculpted by the Piccirilli Brothers.
- The interior murals in the Lincoln Memorial were painted by Jules Guerin.
- The Lincoln Memorial has always been one of the United States’ major tourist attractions.
- Since the 1930’s, the Lincoln Memorial has been a symbolic center focused on race relations, a concept that promotes a peaceful relationship between different races.
- Inscriptions of Abraham Lincoln’s two well-known speeches are found in the memorial, The Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural speech.
- His Gettysburg Address is engraved on the temple’s north wall where a mural of an angel seemingly granting freedom to a slave is also displayed.
- The Gettysburg Address was delivered when President Lincoln visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in November of 1863. It was the bloodiest site of the Union Civil War.
- The speech was widely known as one of the most eloquent speeches delivered by an American President.
- The Lincoln Memorial is almost 80 feet tall and 188 feet long.
- The Lincoln Memorial has 36 columns intentionally, as it represents the states that were part of the Union during the Civil War.
- The Lincoln Memorial was intentionally made to look like the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece.
- The building is made out of Yule marble that was quarried from Colorado.
- The exact measurements of the building are:
- 189.7 by 118.5 feet (57.8 by 36.1 m) wide
- 99 (30 m) feet tall
- The columns stand 44 feet (13 m) tall with a base diameter of 7.5 feet (2.3 m).
- Each column is made up of 12 stacked drums of marble including its capital.
- Many bills had been proposed three years after Lincoln’s assassination, however these bills did not pass.
- It was in December 13, 1910 when the sixth bill (Senate Bill 9449) passed.
- In the following year, The Lincoln Memorial Commission had its first meeting, and President William H. Taft was chosen as the commission’s president.
- By 1913, the commission had approved the Commission’s choice of design and location.
- There were criticisms to Henry Bacon’s design for The Lincoln Memorial as being too flashy, while President Lincoln was known for being humble.
- A dedication ceremony was conducted on February 12, 1914.
- A month later, the actual construction began.
- Changes were made, such as changing the size of President Lincoln’s statue from 10 ft to 19 ft as it was overwhelmed by the wideness of the chamber.
- In the late 1920s, the bronze and grille were substituted with an open portal.
- The Lincoln Memorial was finished on time despite the changes during its construction.
- Commission President William H. Taft dedicated the Lincoln Memorial on May 30, 1922 and presented it to United States President Warren G. Harding.
- President Warren G. Harding accepted it on behalf of the American people.
- Robert Todd Lincoln was President Lincoln’s only surviving son at that time, and he attended the ceremony.
- The Memorial was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
- In 1970, Hobart Lewis, the publisher of the Reader’s Digest, thought to designate July 4th as “Honor America Day.”
- July 4th ended in a televised show titled “Salute To America”, co-hosted by evangelist Billy Graham and comedian Bob Hope.
- Nixon did not appear at the event, but he sent a recorded video message instead.
- 350,000 people watched in the National Mall yet there were also people protesting as it was the time when the Vietnam War was happening.
- On Independence Day 2019, President Donald Trump initiated another televised “Salute to America” event at the Lincoln Memorial.
- The Memorial was a significant place for the American Civil Rights Movement as well.
- On August 28, 1963, the memorial grounds were the site of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, an important event of the American Civil Rights Movement.
- It was the event where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech that empowered people to fight for their rights against racial discrimination.
The Lincoln Memorial Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Lincoln Memorial across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use The Lincoln Memorial worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Lincoln Memorial which is, as the name suggests, a national memorial built in 1912 and dedicated in May 1922 to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from Washington Monument.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- The Lincoln Memorial Facts
- Exploring Washington DC
- Make It True
- Memorial Timeline
- All About Abraham
- Picture Puzzle
- Memorial Design
- Getting The Gettysburg
- Events To Remember
- War Memorials Around The World
- My Salute To America
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