• Lincoln Memorial Night Shot


    Memorial District of Columbia

History & Culture

Abraham Lincoln

This titan of our national heritage grew up as a poor boy on the frontier. Reading books by candlelight, whether after long hours at school or on the farm, proved invaluable to young Lincoln. He later served as a store clerk, a river trader, and a "rail-splitter" used to hard physical labor. A plain speaker for plain folks, Lincoln blended his love of the written word with a strong work ethic and pursued a legal career, then a political one from the Illinois state legislature to the U.S. Congress. Here was a man who aspired to lead a nation.

People - Learn about the people connected with Abraham Lincoln and his memorial.

Places - Discover places connected with Abraham Lincoln

Stories - Find out more about the construction of the Lincoln Memorial

Learn more about the park's history on the Ranger Journal Blog!


The Lincoln Memorial

Visit the Lincoln Interactive Website to virtually tour the Lincoln Memorial.

Learn more about Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, carved in stone on the North Wall of the Lincoln Memorial.

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