A president immortalized


Taken in 1920, this photograph shows the installation of President Abraham Lincoln’s statue at the Lincoln Memorial. Originally designed to be 10 feet tall, the likeness was 19 feet high when completed, so that the cavernous chamber would not dwarf the statue. Text adapted from “The Unfinished Lincoln Memorial” in the February 1983 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) publication Social Education.

National Archives, Records of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital


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