Lincoln Memorial Collection

Lincoln Memorial under construction
Lincoln Memorial under construction

The Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln and the nation he fought to preserve during the Civil War (1861-1865). The Memorial has 36 Doric columns, one for each state at the time of Lincoln’s death. A sculpture by Daniel Chester French of a seated Lincoln is in the center of the memorial chamber. Inscribed on the south wall of the monument is the Gettysburg Address, with a mural above it by Jules Guerin depicting the angel of truth freeing a slave. On the north wall, Guerin painted the unity of North and South mural, with Lincoln's second inaugural address carved below.

Collection Summary

Objects related to the construction of the memorial; objects related to the construction of the Daniel Chester French statue of Abraham Lincoln and the murals painted by Jules Guerin; objects related to individuals who participated in the construction of the memorial/statue/murals (c. 1911-1922); objects related to Architect Henry Bacon's involvement in the design and execution of the memorial.

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Laura Anderson
(National Mall and Memorial Parks)

Last updated: June 23, 2016