Statue of President Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial, originally uploaded by sweetspot@f8.

16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

This is a photo of the Statue of President Abraham Lincoln inside the Lincoln Memorial.

President Lincoln has long stood in the minds of the American people as a symbol of honesty, integrity, and humanity. Although a national monument to him was not raised until the 20th century, demands for a fitting memorial had been voiced since the time of his death. In 1867, Congress heeded these demands and passed the first of many bills incorporating a commission to erect a monument to Lincoln. An American, Clarke Mills, was chosen to design the structure. His plans reflected the bombastic nationalistic spirit of the age. His design called for a 70-foot structure adorned with six equestrian and 31 pedestrian statues of colossal proportions, crowned by a 12-foot statue of Lincoln. However, subscriptions for the project were insufficient and its future collapsed.

Taken at night with a Canon Rebel XS with a Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro lens at 300mm, ISO 100, 0.8sec at f/9.0. Camera on a tripod.

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