The Lincoln Memorial

Emilia Medina, Reporter


The Lincoln Memorial is a national monument and memorial built to honor the 16th president of the U.S, Abraham Lincoln. It honors “the virtues of tolerance, honesty, and constancy in the human spirit.” The structure was constructed on reclaimed marshland along the banks of the Potomac River and Lincoln’s only son alive attended the ceremony, Robert Todd Lincoln. The structure towers over the Reflecting Pool and anchors the western end of the National Mall. 

 The Lincoln Memorial has 36 columns of Colorado marble and they represent one for each state in the Union at the time of his death in 1865, and they each stand 44 feet tall. The seated statue of Lincoln is 19 feet tall and made of Georgia white marble. The monument was designed by Daniel Chester French and carved by the Piccirilli brothers of New York. On the ceiling of the memorial are two paintings made by Jules Guerin, and inscribed on the north wall is his Second Inaugural Address, the south,  the Gettysburg Address. The memorial itself is 190 feet long and 119 feet wide, and reaches a height of almost 100 feet.

Many people say that the best part of this national monument is either the memorable quote that you can see when you climb the stairs: “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever” or  when you stand directly in front, gaze at the handsome marble columns surrounded by greenery, part of a design inspired by ancient Greek temples. Below the quote sits a 19-foot tall, 175-ton statue of President Lincoln, himself looking out over the Mall of the country that he fought so hard to preserve and unite. 

This memorial is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and rangers are on duty from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. To reach the Lincoln Memorial, the easiest way is by Metrorail or Metrobus and the nearest Metro stations are Foggy Bottom and Smithsonian, both on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines.The Lincoln Memorial symbolizes Abraham Lincoln’s  belief in the freedom and dignity of all people. He saved the Union while preserving America’s high ideals.