West National Mall Monuments & Memorials Self Guided Walking Tour and Printable Map

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Lincoln Memorial

Capping the west end of the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial stands as a testament to one of the most important presidents in American history. Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th president during one of the United States most turbulent and decisive points in it's young history.

Almost immediately into his presidency, the Civil War began... a war that would determine once an for all many issues plaguing the country, most notably, slavery. Lincoln is considered the president that saved the Union and ended slavery. Shortly before his assassination and the end of the war, the Thirteenth Amendment was approved by the Federal Government to end slavery in the United States (it was officially adopted in December 1865). Almost immediately after the death of Lincoln, calls for a memorial and monument were made.

In 1867, Congress approved the first of many bills enacting a commission to oversee the erection of a fitting memorial. However, construction began almost 50 years later in 1914. Finally, in May of 1922, President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Lincoln Memorial. Abraham Lincoln's only living son, 79 year old Robert Todd Lincoln, attending the dedication.

The Lincoln Memorial is built with Yule Marble from Colorado. The exterior building structure measures 189.7 by 118.5 feet and is 99 feet tall. The interior seated statue of Lincoln is 19 feet tall from head to foot (if the statue was to be standing, he would be 28 feet tall!). Throughout the interior of the Lincoln Memorial, you will find excerpts from two speeches that he gave: the Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Speech.

The Lincoln Memorial has been the location of many important events in American history most notably the Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. The memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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