Posted by: danielfee | December 3, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 12-03-2012

Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C.

Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C.

 

Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C.

Lincoln Memorial – Washington D.C.

With the new Lincoln movie in theaters, today’s travel photo is of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The Memorial is located at the far end of the National Mall, opposite the U.S. Capital building, and was dedicated in 1922. Immediately behind the Lincoln Memorial is the bridge over the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery. The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. It also includes inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. The statue took four years to complete and was originally intended to be only 10 feet tall. But on further consideration, it was enlarged so that it finally stood 19 feet tall from head to foot. The scale of the statue is such that if Lincoln were standing he would be 28 feet tall. The Georgia white marble sculpture weighs 175 short tons (2,000 pounds). The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King’s most famous speech which was a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement. The “I have a dream” speech was delivered on August 28, 1963 during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. King begins by invoking the Emancipation Proclamation that was delivered by Lincoln one hundred years earlier, which freed millions of slaves in 1863. It proclaimed all slaves in Confederate territory to be forever free.

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  1. Happy memories of when I lived in DC.


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