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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Abraham Lincoln

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 02:37 PM

Americans have paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U. S. president, with monuments throughout the country.

Aside from sharing Mount Rushmore with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt in a mammoth honor of America's presidents, Lincoln's image appears prominently in the nation's capital, state capitals, parks and universities.

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An immense sculpture of Lincoln sits within the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., visited by millions of people each year. The memorial stands at the west end of the National Mall in line with the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument.

Construction of the memorial was approved by Congress in 1910 and began in 1914 before opening to the public in 1922.

Henry Bacon designed the memorial using a similar format to ancient Greek temples. The memorial itself is 190 feet long, 119 feet wide and nearly 100 feet high. Daniel Chester French was the sculptor of the Lincoln statue, which took four years to carve by the Piccirilli brothers. The statue is 19 feet high and weighs 175 tons, according to the National Park Service.

Lincoln's figure stands tall at the Emancipation Memorial at Capitol Hill. Lincoln is shown holding his Emancipation Proclamation and standing over an escaped slave. The memorial, built in 1876, was dedicated by Frederick Douglass and President Ulysses Grant.

The Lincoln statue that stands larger than life in New York City's Prospect Park was first dedicated in 1869 and underwent renovations before being moved to its current location in the Concert Grove section of the park.

Designed by Henry Kirke Brown, the bronze statue is 8-feet-6-inches tall with a width and depth each more than three feet. The figure is positioned on a pedestal with wreaths and the insignia of the U.S. Army and Navy, and two eagles.

A colossal, bronze head of Lincoln, weighing more than 2 tons and some 13.5 feet high, looms over motorists on I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. The head once symbolized the highest point of the Lincoln Highway, which ran coast to coast.

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The structure was moved to its current location when I-80 was completed in 1969. The bronze head was authorized by the Wyoming Parks Commission, sculpted by art professor and Lincoln admirer Robert Russin of the University of Wyoming.

The Kentucky Memorial in Vicksburg, Mississippi was built in 2001 on a site between the Union and Confederate lines during the Civil War. It features President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, both Kentucky natives, in a monumental display that honors both North and South soldiers during the conflict.

Kentucky had been neutral during the war until it was invaded by Confederate soldiers. It joined with the Union, but the state also had Confederate supporters.

Impressive statues of Lincoln also stand as monuments at the Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln and at Illinois’ state capitol in Springfield.

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