The Lincoln Memorial

By:Exavier Coburn

The Start

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." This is one of the famous quotes of Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial was first designed to honor Lincoln. Not only for being president but for all he accomplished. It was also built as a way to show that they not only respect what he did but are thankful. It might've taken a while to build but with all he did he not only earned it but deserved it. The Memorial was built to honor Lincoln,although the creation was an interesting process full of disagreements and struggles. A major problem was making a design everyone liked and one that was a fitting tribute to him.

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The Creation

The creation of the Lincoln memorial is a very interesting process. Lincoln monument was designed in 1914. By Daniel Chester French ( and was actually built by Henry Bacon ( The idea to make the monument came up when Abe was assassinated. Therefore the nation felt like he deserved some type of recognition. So why not immortalize him.

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Why He Deserves It?

Clearly Lincoln deserves this monument he did multiple important actions while he was alive. One just so happens to be that he played a major part in stopping slavery. Because Abe believed that all people should be treated equal. Plus he's also a symbol in American civil rights. He accomplished a lot while he was living. But when there's a group of people trying to decide something it usually is hard.
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The Struggle

The struggle of building the monument because,of course there's got to be problems. A major problem was that they couldn't agree on one design that everyone liked. Not only that but they couldn't find a fitting tribute. One that would honor him. It took them 50 years to start construction 1865-1914. "The idea was approved 1910. Construction began in 1914, and you could go to the memorial in 1922" as found at But they considered putting a few other monuments before deciding on what lies there today
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The Designs

A few designs they had was actually just putting a log cabin which would represent how humble Abe was. John Russell Pope was the man competing against Bacon for the opportunity to immortalize Lincoln. A considered design was a pyramid,Pope however had some other designs too. "Pope had other bizarre, beautiful, and bold proposals for the national "temple" to Lincoln. He drew up a ziggurat, a Mayan temple, and an expansive Greek monument." (

Final Design

The final design they choose was the one we see today,"The Lincoln Memorial stands 190 feet long, 119 feet wide, and almost 100 feet high. It is surrounded by a peristyle of 36 fluted Doric columns, one for each of the thirty six states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death two columns in-antis at the entrance behind the colonnade. The north and south side chambers contain carved inscriptions of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address and his Gettysburg Address. Lying between the north and south chambers is the central hall containing the solitary

figure of Lincoln sitting in contemplation.Lincoln is 19 feet high and weighs 175 tons." As found at So with that said.

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It might've been a struggle,but Abe would be proud of the way we honor today. Lincoln in his time proved he deserved this memorial. He was a major part in stopping slavery. The Memorial, was hard to design,but worth the struggle. Henry Bacon and Daniel French deserve appreciation for their hard work too. As of today the memorial sits alone for all to see at Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.


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