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- Lincoln Memorial
- THE AMERICAS
- Alt Name:
- United States
- American Civil War
- 1800AD - 1899AD
- Washington DC
- Abraham Lincoln
- Washington DC,
- The White House, Ford Theatre,
Petersen House, The Washington Monument,
about Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial is a Greek style monument in Washington DC’s West Potomac Park.
The Lincoln Memorial was built to honour President Abraham Lincoln, who was the sixteenth President of the United States of America, serving during the American Civil War, a fact that is commemorated above the giant statue of Lincoln inside the memorial with the words “In this temple as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the union the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever”.
President Lincoln was assassinated by a actor and Confederate spy, John Wilkes Booth, at Ford Theatre on 14 April 1865.
Whilst a committee for the establishment of a memorial to Abraham Lincoln was first incorporated in 1867, authorisation for the monument was not given until 1911 and construction only began on 12 February 1914. The build was also a lengthy process and Lincoln Memorial was finally dedicated on 30 May 1922.
The Lincoln Memorial was designed by the architect, Henry Bacon, who also sculpted the statue of Lincoln which visitors can see within its walls.
As the site of many important political speeches and events, Lincoln Memorial has a history of its own, independent from its original purpose. In particular, it was the site where Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech on 28 August 1963.
Lincoln Memorial stands majestically in National Mall and Memorial Parks, overseen by the National Parks Service and surrounded by other important historical sites. Visitors are free to enter the memorial at all times and it can often become quite crowded.
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Address: 23rd St NW, btwn Constitution & Independence Aves
Lincoln Memorial is just 0.5 miles south of the Foggy Bottom/George Washington University Metro station at 23rd/I St, NW. It is west of the Mall in Potomac Park. By car, Lincoln Memorial is reached from the south via I-395, from the north via I-495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Cabin John Parkway, from the west via I-66, US Routes 50 and 29 or, from the east via Routes 1, 4 and 50.
Lincoln Memorial is open throughout the year, daily, 24 hours a day. Rangers are on duty 9:30am-11:30pm daily. Entry is free.
Parking can be quite restrictive but some visitor parking is available on Ohio Drive, SW between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials.
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