About 2 years after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, in around 1867, the US Congress initiated the Lincoln Monument Association with the goal of building a memorial in honor of Lincoln. However, it was not till 1901 that the location of the memorial was selected. It took another 10 years for funding to be released to build this enormous structure, $2 million to be precise. The then US President, William Howard Taft, signed the ‘Lincoln Memorial Bill’ in this regard. In the same year, on Lincoln’s birthday, the construction began. It took all of 11 years to complete the memorial. Despite continuous revisions, on the 30th of May 1922, the memorial was completed as per schedule, and was dedicated to the people of America. This ceremony was lead by (by then) former US President Taft and the only surviving son of Lincoln, Robert.
This monumental memorial took a lot of effort and time to be built. Some of the most renowned and notable personalities form different walks of life worked on this memorial as architects like Henry bacon, sculptors like Daniel Chester French and even artists of the caliber of Jules Guerin have worked on this piece of memorial. The memorial was meant to celebrate the true legacy that Lincoln really had.
The materials that were procured to make this memorial were brought from different parts of the world because there was a need to offer one of the best tributes ever to the president that shaped the way a country looked and operated.
Extra care was taken to ensure that the monument didn’t just look monumental but it could evoke the same grace and aura that a memorial built for one of the most transformational president in American history should. Lincoln became one of the prime figures in the history of the world and the memorial was just a means of re-instating the belief of how a simple man could hold an office of power and show the world the right way to lead.
The history of this monument does not end here. This was just the beginning. Over the years, historic events have magnified the value of this great monument and the man that it stands for. These include ‘The Easter Sunday Concert’, ‘The March On Washington’ and the now infamous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech by Martin Luther King that changed the fate of the nation. Such is the power of one common-man.