The Lincoln Memorial
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The Lincoln Memorial was authorized in 1911 and is located
in Washington D.C. in Potomac Park on the east of the Potamac River.
It was built in honor of Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) and
is made of marble, granite, and limestone.
It was designed by Henry Bacon in 1912 and resembles a classic
It cost nearly $3 million to build (equal to more than $26
million in the mid- 1990's).
Construction began in 1914, and was dedicated to Abraham
Lincoln in 1922 on Lincoln's birthday, February 12.
The 36 Doric columns represent the 36 states in the Union
when Lincoln died in 1865, and the height of each column 44 feet.
The Lincoln statue, which is 19 feet high, was designed by
American sculptor Daniel Chester French.
The statue assembles 28 blocks of Georgia marble and was
carved by the Piccirilli Brothers, a well known family of marble sculptors.
This inscription is etched above the statue: "In this
temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the
memory of Abraham in enshrined forever."
In 1963, during the March on Washington for civil rights,
Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a Dream" speech from the Lincoln
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