Situated on the edge of the Potomac River with sweeping views of the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in 1914 to honor our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. You might recognize this memorial if you’re familiar with United States currency, as it’s featured on both the $5 bill and the copper penny!
The design at the time was thought by many to be too grand for Lincoln’s humble character. The exterior architecture of the building resembles classic Greek temples and features 36 columns, one for every state in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s assassination and death. The interior of the memorial is sectioned into three open chambers, the center being the site of the great statue of Abraham Lincoln sitting in a chair, which is over 30 feet tall from floor to the top of his head.
Walking along the steps of the Lincoln Memorial is a moving place to reflect on the significance of the monuments lining the National Mall before you and stand in the steps of history. On these steps is where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of over 250,000 people. To this day, the monument remains at the center of the Civil Rights movement.