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3821.4770.5type:landmark_region:US-DC|display=inline,title}}| locmapin = United States Washington, D.C. central#Washington, D.C.| built = 1914–1922| architect= Henry Bacon (architect)Daniel Chester French (sculptor)Greek Revival architecture>Greek Revival| visitation_num = 7,956,117| visitation_year = 201727336m2}}| added = October 15, 1966| website = Lincoln Memorial2007a}}}}(File:West Potomac Park c1912 prior to construction of the Lincoln Memorial.jpg|thumb|upright=1.4|Future site of the Memorial, c.{{nbsp}}1912)File:Lincoln Memorial Dedication with President Harding crop.jpg|thumb|upright=1.4|President Warren G. HardingWarren G. Harding{{stack end}}The Lincoln Memorial is an American national memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument. The architect was Henry Bacon; the designer of the primary statue – Abraham Lincoln, 1920 – was Daniel Chester French; the Lincoln statue was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers;"Lincoln Memorial National Memorial; Washington, DC National Park Service and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. Dedicated in May 1922, it is one of several memorials built to honor an American president. It has always been a major tourist attraction and since the 1930s has been a symbolic center focused on race relations.The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address. The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, during the rally at the end of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.Like other monuments on the National Mall{{snd}}including the nearby Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and National World War II Memorial – the memorial is administered by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks group. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since October 15, 1966, and was ranked seventh on the American Institute of Architects 2007 list of America's Favorite Architecture. The memorial is open to the public 24 hours a day, and more than seven million people visit it annually."Annual Park Recreation Visitation (1904 - Last Calendar Year)" National Park Service


File:Taft-Harding-Lincoln.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Chief Justice Taft, President Harding and Robert Todd LincolnRobert Todd LincolnThe first public memorial to United States President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., was a statue by Lot Flannery erected in front of the District of Columbia City Hall in 1868, three years after the Lincoln's assassination.WEB, Renovation and Expansion of the Historic DC Courthouse,weblink DC Court of Appeals, 5 October 2011, WEB, Washington's Lincoln: The First Monument to the Martyred President,weblink The Intowner, 29 June 2016, Demands for a fitting national memorial had been voiced since the time of Lincoln's death. In 1867, Congress passed the first of many bills incorporating a commission to erect a monument for the sixteenth president. An American sculptor, Clark Mills, was chosen to design the monument. His plans reflected the nationalistic spirit of the time, and called for a {{convert|70|ft|m|adj=on}} structure adorned with six equestrian and 31 pedestrian statues of colossal proportions, crowned by a {{convert|12|ft|m|adj=on}} statue of Abraham Lincoln. Subscriptions for the project were insufficient.NRHP Nomination, p. 4The matter lay dormant until the start of the 20th century, when, under the leadership of Senator Shelby M. Cullom of Illinois, six separate bills were introduced in Congress for the incorporation of a new memorial commission. The first five bills, proposed in the years 1901, 1902, and 1908, met with defeat because of opposition from Speaker Joe Cannon. The sixth bill (Senate Bill 9449), introduced on December 13, 1910, passed. The Lincoln Memorial Commission had its first meeting the following year and United States President William H. Taft was chosen as the commission's president. Progress continued at a steady pace and by 1913 Congress had approved of the Commission's choice of design and location.There were questions regarding the commission's plan. Many thought that architect Henry Bacon's Greek temple design was far too ostentatious for a man of Lincoln's humble character. Instead they proposed a simple log cabin shrine. The site too did not go unopposed. The recently reclaimed land in West Potomac Park was seen by many to be either too swampy or too inaccessible. Other sites, such as Union Station, were put forth. The Commission stood firm in its recommendation, feeling that the Potomac Park location, situated on the Washington Monument–Capitol axis, overlooking the Potomac River and surrounded by open land, was ideal. Furthermore, the Potomac Park site had already been designated in the McMillan Plan of 1901 to be the location of a future monument comparable to that of the Washington Monument.Thomas, Christopher A. (2002) The Lincoln Memorial and American Life Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. {{ISBN|069101194X}}With Congressional approval and a $300,000 allocation, the project got underway. On February 12, 1914, a dedication ceremony was conducted and the following month the actual construction began. Work progressed steadily according to schedule. Some changes were made to the plan. The statue of Lincoln, originally designed to be {{convert|10|ft|m}} tall, was enlarged to {{convert|19|ft|m}} to prevent it from being overwhelmed by the huge chamber. As late as 1920, the decision was made to substitute an open portal for the bronze and glass grille which was to have guarded the entrance. Despite these changes, the Memorial was finished on schedule. Commission president William H. Taft – who was then Chief Justice of the United States – dedicated the Memorial on May 30, 1922, and presented it to United States President Warren G. Harding, who accepted it on behalf of the American people. Lincoln's only surviving son, 78-year-old Robert Todd Lincoln, was in attendance.NRHP Nomination, p. 5The Memorial was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.NRHP Nomination, p. 6During the administration of President Richard M. Nixon, while the Vietnam War was underway, the publisher of Reader's Digest magazine, Hobart Lewis, conceived the idea of July 4, 1970 being designated as "Honor America Day". Funds were raised by the head of the Mariott Hotel chain, J. Willard Marriott, and both Republicans and Democrats served in honorary positions on the committee organizing the event, which was touted as being non-partisan. The day ended with a televised show at the Lincoln Memorial called "Salute to America", which was co-hosted by evangelist Billy Graham and comedian Bob Hope. The show featured Kate Smith singing "God Bless America", comedian Red Skelton reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and performances by Jack Benny, Dinah Shore, Pat Boone, The New Christy Minstrels and Glen Campbell, among others. The actor James Stewart provided narration. Nixon did not appear at the event, instead sending a recorded video message. The event ended with fireworks. The "Salute to America" drew 350,000 people to the National Mall, but also numerous protesters of various kinds, including those opposed to the war in Vietnam, the neo-Nazi National Socialist White People's Party and people advocating for the legalization of marijuana. Tear gas was used on the protesters just before Bob Hope took the stage, prompted Hope to say "It looks just like Vietnam, doesn't it?"Shafer, Ronald G. (July 2, 2019) "What could go wrong for Trump on the Fourth of July? In 1970, protests and tear gas marred the day" The Washington PostBeaujon, Andrew and Bulbin, Lauren (July 3, 2019) "July 4, 1970, Was Politicized in DC. And Things Got Crazy" Washingtonian MagazineOn Independence Day 2019, President Donald Trump initiated another televised "Salute to America" event at the Lincoln Memorial. It featured a speech by Trump honoring the history of the United States and the achievements of historical American figures, as well as fireworks, flybys by aircraft from the United States armed forces, and displays of tanks. Special guests included Clarence Henderson, a hero of the Civil rights movement and NASA's Gene Kranz, the flight director for Apollo 11. Tickets to the special VIP section were provided to the Republican National Committee and Trump's re-election campaign, but not to the Democratic National Committee. It is usual at presidential special events for both the RNC and DNC to receive ticket allotments. Protesters were kept away from the event and were located at the Washington Monument. One group inflated a {{convert|20|ft|m|adj=on}} tall "Trump Baby" balloon, which was not allowed by the National Park Service to be flown off the ground. After the "Salute to America", Washington's regular annual July 4 event took place at the other end of the Mall.NEWS, Superville, Darlene; Woodward, Calvin; and Berry, Lynn, Trump asks Americans to 'stay true to our cause',weblink Associated Press, July 4, 2019, Suebsaeng, Asawin; Markay, Lachlan; and Sommer, Will (July 5, 2019) "This July 4th Had Everything: Tanks, Trump—and Scandal" The Daily BeastMpre, Maggie (July 2, 2019) "RNC Receives VIP Tickets to Trump's Fourth of July Celebration; DNC Does Not" News 4 Washington


The exterior of the Memorial echoes a classic Greek temple and features Yule marble quarried from Colorado. The structure measures {{convert|189.7|by|118.5|ft|m}} and is {{convert|99|ft|m}} tall. It is surrounded by a peristyle of 36 fluted Doric columns, one for each of the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death, and two columns in-antis at the entrance behind the colonnade. The columns stand {{convert|44|ft|m}} tall with a base diameter of {{convert|7.5|ft|m}}. Each column is built from 12 drums including the capital. The columns, like the exterior walls and facades, are inclined slightly toward the building's interior. This is to compensate for perspective distortions which would otherwise make the memorial appear to bulge out at the top when compared with the bottom, a common feature of Ancient Greek architecture.NRHP Nomination, p. 2File:Lincoln Memorial Friezes crop.jpg|thumb|left|upright=1.25|Detail of the Memorial's friezefriezeAbove the colonnade, inscribed on the frieze, are the names of the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death and the dates in which they entered the Union.The date for Ohio was incorrectly entered as 1802, as opposed to the correct year, 1803. Their names are separated by double wreath medallions in bas-relief. The cornice is composed of a carved scroll regularly interspersed with projecting lions' heads and ornamented with palmetto cresting along the upper edge. Above this on the attic frieze are inscribed the names of the 48 states present at the time of the Memorial's dedication. A bit higher is a garland joined by ribbons and palm leaves, supported by the wings of eagles. All ornamentation on the friezes and cornices was done by Ernest C. Bairstow.The Memorial is anchored in a concrete foundation, {{convert|44|to|66|ft|m}} in depth, constructed by M. F. Comer and Company and the National Foundation and Engineering Company, and is encompassed by a {{convert|187|by|257|ft|m|adj=on}} rectangular granite retaining wall measuring {{convert|14|ft|m}} in height.Leading up to the shrine on the east side are the main steps. Beginning at the edge of the Reflecting Pool, the steps rise to the Lincoln Memorial Circle roadway surrounding the edifice, then to the main portal, intermittently spaced with a series of platforms. Flanking the steps as they approach the entrance are two buttresses each crowned with an {{convert|11|ft|m|adj=on}} tall tripod carved from pink Tennessee marble by the Piccirilli Brothers.Concklin, Edward F. (1927) The Lincoln Memorial, Washington. United States Government Printing Office


File:Lincoln Memorial, "I Have a Dream" 50th anniversary.jpg|thumb|upright=1.4|President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton walk past the statue of President Abraham Lincoln to participate in the ceremony on the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a DreamI Have a DreamThe Memorial's interior is divided into three chambers by two rows of four Ionic columns, each {{convert|50|ft|m}} tall and {{convert|5.5|ft|m}} across at their base. The central chamber, housing the statue of Lincoln, is 60 feet wide, 74 feet deep, and 60 feet high.U. S. Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks. Lincoln Memorial Building Statistics The north and south chambers display carved inscriptions of Lincoln's second inaugural address and his Gettysburg Address.In the line from the second inaugural, "With high hope for the future," the F in FUTURE was carved as an E. To obscure this error the spurious bottom line of the E is not painted in with black paint. Bordering these inscriptions are pilasters ornamented with fasces, eagles, and wreaths. The inscriptions and adjoining ornamentation are by Evelyn Beatrice Longman.The Memorial is replete with symbolic elements. The 36 columns represent the states of the Union at the time of Lincoln's death; the 48 stone festoons above the columns represent the 48 states in 1922. Inside, each inscription is surmounted by a {{convert|60|by|12|ft|m|adj=on}} mural by Jules Guerin portraying principles seen as evident in Lincoln's life: Freedom, Liberty, Immortality, Justice, and the Law on the south wall; Unity, Fraternity, and Charity on the north. Cypress trees, representing Eternity, are in the murals' backgrounds. The murals' paint incorporated kerosene and wax to protect the exposed artwork from fluctuations in temperature and moisture.NRHP Nomination, p. 3The ceiling consists of bronze girders ornamented with laurel and oak leaves. Between these are panels of Alabama marble, saturated with paraffin to increase translucency. But feeling that the statue required even more light, Bacon and French designed metal slats for the ceiling to conceal floodlights, which could be modulated to supplement the natural light; this modification was installed in 1929. The one major alteration since was the addition of a handicapped elevator in the 1970s.


Below the memorial is an undercroft. Due to water seeping through the calcium carbonate within the marble, over time stalactites and stalagmites have formed within the undercroft.United Press (August 28, 1957) "Lincoln Memorial has some stalactites" Lodi News-Sentinel During the 1970s and 1980s, there were regular tours of the undercroft.Hodge, Paul (October 27, 1977) "What's Afoot Under Abe Lincoln's Feet?" The Washington Post The tours stopped abruptly in 1989 after a visitor noticed asbestos and notified the National Park Service.Twoomey, Steve (April 9, 1990) "Monuments Losing Battle with Erosion" The Washington Post For the memorial's centennial in 2022, the undercroft is planned to be open to visitors following a rehabilitation project funded by David Rubenstein.Staff (ndg) "Lincoln Center Rehabilitation" National Park Service websiteReid, Chip (November 23, 2016) "Lincoln Memorial to get long-awaited makeover, underground visitor's center" CBS News


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--Epitaph by Royal Cortissoz
File:Lincoln Memorial.jpg|thumb|upright=1.4|Abraham Lincoln, by Daniel Chester FrenchDaniel Chester FrenchLying between the north and south chambers of the open-air Memorial is the central hall, which contains the large solitary figure of Abraham Lincoln sitting in contemplation. Its sculptor, Daniel Chester French, supervised the Piccirilli Brothers in its construction, and it took four years to complete.The {{convert|175|ST|MT|lk=on}} statue, carved from Georgia white marble, was shipped in twenty-eight pieces. Originally intended to be only {{convert|10|ft|m}} tall, on further consideration the sculpture was enlarged to {{convert|19|ft|m}} from head to foot. If Lincoln were depicted standing he would be {{convert|28|ft|m}} tall.The widest span of the statue corresponds to its height, and it rests upon an oblong pedestal of Tennessee marble {{convert|10|ft|m}} high, {{convert|16|ft|m}} wide, and {{convert|17|ft|m}} deep. Directly beneath this lies a platform of Tennessee marble about {{convert|34.5|ft|m}} long, {{convert|28|ft|m}} wide, and {{convert|6.5|in|m}} high. Lincoln's arms rest on representations of Roman fasces, a subtle touch that associates the statue with the Augustan (and imperial) theme (obelisk and funerary monuments) of the Washington Mall.See Buchner, Edmund (1976). "Solarium Augusti und Ara Pacis", Römische Mitteilungen 83: 319–375; (1988). Die Sonnenuhr des Augustus: Kaiser Augustus und die verlorene Republik (Berlin); P. Zanker The Augustan Program of Cultural Renewal {{webarchive|url= |date=2012-05-30 }} for a full discussion of the Augustan solarium and its architectural features. The statue is discretely bordered by two pilasters, one on each side. Between these pilasters, and above Lincoln's head, is engraved an epitaph of Lincoln by Royal Cortissoz.WEB, Lincoln Memorial Design Individuals, National Park Service,weblink 2009-11-02,

Sculptural features

(File:Abraham Lincoln Stands Guard.jpg|thumb|The sculptor's possible use of sign language is speculated, as the statue's left hand forms an "A" while the right hand portrays an "L")The sculpture has been at the center of two urban legends. Some have claimed that the face of General Robert E. Lee was carved onto the back of Lincoln's head, and looks back across the Potomac toward his former home, Arlington House, now within the bounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Another popular legend is that Lincoln is shown using sign language to represent his initials, with his left hand shaped to form an "A" and his right hand to form an "L", the president's initials. The National Park Service denies both legends."Lincoln Memorial: Frequently Asked Questions" on the National Park Service websiteHowever, historian Gerald Prokopowicz writes that, while it is not clear that sculptor Daniel Chester French intended Lincoln's hands to be formed into sign language versions of his initials, it is possible that French did intend it, because he was familiar with American Sign Language, and he would have had a reason to do so, that is, to pay tribute to Lincoln for having signed the federal legislation giving Gallaudet University, a university for the deaf, the authority to grant college degrees.Prokopowicz, Gerald J. (2008) Did Lincoln Own Slaves? And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln. Pantheon. {{ISBN|978-0-375-42541-7}} The National Geographic Society's publication "Pinpointing the Past in Washington, D.C." states that Daniel Chester French had a son who was deaf and that the sculptor was familiar with sign language.Evelyn, Douglas E. and Dickson, Paul A. (1999) On this Spot: Pinpointing the Past in Washington, D.C. National Geographic Society. {{ISBN|0-7922-7499-7}} {{webarchive|url= |date=2009-01-04 }} Historian James A. Percoco has observed that, although there are no extant documents showing that French had Lincoln's hands carved to represent the letters "A" and "L" in American Sign Language, "I think you can conclude that it's reasonable to have that kind of summation about the hands."Percoco, James A., speech given on April 17, 2008, in the Jefferson Room of the National Archives and Records Administration as part of the National Archive's "Noontime Programs" lecture series. Broadcast on the C-Span cable television network on April 4 and April 5, 2009.

Sacred space

File:View of Crowd at 1963 March on Washington.jpg|thumb|left|upright=1.4|The March on Washington in 1963 brought 250,000 people to the National Mall and is famous for Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a DreamI Have a Dream(File:i-have-a-dream-site crop.jpg|thumb|left|upright=1.4|The location on the steps where King delivered the speech is commemorated with this inscription.)The Memorial has become a symbolically sacred venue especially for the Civil Rights Movement. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow the African-American contralto Marian Anderson to perform before an integrated audience at the organization's Constitution Hall. At the suggestion of Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harold L. Ickes, the Secretary of the Interior, arranged for a performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday of that year, to a live audience of 75,000 and a nationwide radio audience.WEB,weblink Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson, FDR Presidential Library & Museum, en-US, 2018-05-28, mdy-all, On August 28, 1963, the memorial grounds were the site of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which proved to be a high point of the American Civil Rights Movement. It is estimated that approximately 250,000 people came to the event, where they heard Martin Luther King Jr., deliver his historic "I Have a Dream" speech before the memorial honoring the president who had issued the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years earlier. King's speech, with its language of patriotism and its evocation of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, was meant to match the symbolism of the Lincoln Memorial as a monument to national unity.Fairclough, Adam (1997) "Civil Rights and the Lincoln Memorial: The Censored Speeches of Robert R. Moton (1922) and John Lewis (1963)" Journal of Negro History v.82 pp.408–416. The D.C. police also appreciated the location because it was surrounded on three sides by water, so that any incident could be easily contained.Jennings, Peter and Brewster, Todd (1998) The Century: A Chronicle of the 20th Century Doubleday. Twenty years later, on August 28, 1983, crowds gathered again to mark the 20th Anniversary Mobilization for Jobs, Peace and Freedom, to reflect on progress in gaining civil rights for African Americans and to commit to correcting continuing injustices. King's speech is such a part of the Lincoln Memorial story, that the spot on which King stood, on the landing eighteen steps below Lincoln's statue, was engraved in 2003 in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the event.WEB,weblink Stand Where Martin Luther King, Jr. Gave the "I Have a Dream" Speech, National Park Service, en, 2018-05-28, mdy-all, At the memorial on May 9, 1970, President Richard Nixon had a middle-of-the-night impromptu, brief meeting with protesters who, just days after the Kent State shootings, were preparing to march against the Vietnam War.VIDEO, Director: Joe Angio, Nixon a Presidency Revealed, television, History Channel, 2007-02-15,


In September 1962, amid the civil rights movement, vandals painted the words "nigger lover" in foot-high pink letters on the rear wall."Vandals Deface Lincoln Memorial" Ocala Star-Banner (September 27, 1962)On the morning of July 26, 2013, the memorial was shut down after the statue's base and legs were splashed with green paint.NEWS,weblink Lincoln Memorial is shut down after vandals splash paint on it, Fard, Maggie Fazeli, Ruane, Michael E., yes, July 26, 2013, The Washington Post, July 26, 2013, It reopened later that day.NEWS, CNN Staff,weblink Vandals splatter Lincoln Memorial with green paint, CNN, July 26, 2013, July 26, 2013, A 58-year-old Chinese national, Jiamei Tian, was later found responsible for the vandalism. Following her arrest at the Washington National Cathedral, she was admitted to St. Elizabeths Hospital, a psychiatric facility, and was later found to be incompetent to stand trial; she has since been released from the hospital.Alexander, Keith L. (January 6, 2015) "Case dismissed against woman accused of throwing green paint on D.C. landmarks" The Washington PostOn February 27, 2017, graffiti written in permanent marker was found at the memorial, the Washington Monument, the District of Columbia War Memorial, and the National World War II Memorial, saying "Jackie shot JFK", "blood test is a lie", as well as other claims. Street signs and utility boxes were also defaced. Authorities believed that a single person was responsible for all the vandalism.Staff (February 21, 2017) "World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, DC War Memorial Vandalized" NBC 4 Washington NewsOn August 15, 2017, graffiti that Reuters reported that "Fuck law" was spray painted in red on one of the columns. The initials "M+E" were etched on the same pillar. A "mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper" was used to remove the paint without damaging the memorial. However, the etching was deemed "permanent damage." A Smithsonian Institution directional sign several blocks away was also defaced.Staff (August 15, 2017) "Lincoln Memorial Vandalized With Red Spray Paint" NBC 4 Washington NewsReuters (August 15, 2017) "Lincoln Memorial in Washington Defaced With Expletive" The New York TimesOn September 18, 2017, Nurtilek Bakirov from Kyrgyzstan was arrested when a police officer saw him vandalizing the Memorial at around 1:00 PM EDT. Bakirov used a penny to carve the letters "HYPT MAEK" in what appeared to Cyrillic letters into the fifth pillar on the north side. {{as of|2017|9|20}}, police do not know what the words mean, although there is a possibility that they contain a reference to the vandal's name. Court documents indicate that the letters can not be completely removed, but could be polished at the cost of approximately $2,000. A conservator for the National Park Service said that the stone would weather over time, helping to obscure the letters, although she characterized it as "permanent damage".NEWS, Mower, Justin Wm., Police arrest man accused of vandalizing the Lincoln Memorial with a penny,weblink The Washington Post, September 19, 2017, 20 September 2017,

In popular culture

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}}As one of the most prominent American monuments, the Lincoln Memorial is often featured in books, films, and television shows that take place in Washington; by 2003 it had appeared in over 60 films,Rosales, Jean K. and Jose, Michael R. (2003) DC Goes to the Movies: A Unique Guide to Reel Washington iUniverse. p.149 {{ISBN|9780595267972}} and in 2009, Mark S. Reinhart compiled some short sketches of dozens of uses of the Memorial in film and television.BOOK, Reinhart, Mark S., Abraham Lincoln on Screen: Fictional and Documentary Portrayals on Film and Television,weblink 2009, McFarland, 978-0-7864-5261-3, Some examples of films include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, in a key scene where the statue and its inscription provide inspiration to freshman Senator Jefferson Smith, played by James StewartNEWS, Toney, Veronica, It's not just 'Forrest Gump.' The National Mall has had an iconic role in many movies.,weblink The Washington Post, 12 February 2017, September 17, 2015, – the Park Service did not want director Frank Capra to film at the Memorial, so he sent a large crew elsewhere as a distraction while a smaller crew filmed Stewart and Jean Arthur at the Memorial;Rosales, Jean K. and Jose, Michael R. (2003) DC Goes to the Movies: A Unique Guide to Reel Washington iUniverse. p.245 {{ISBN|9780595267972}} The Day the Earth Stood Still, a science fiction film in which the alien Klaatu visits the Memorial and is impressed by Lincoln's words carved there; the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes; (X-Men: First Class); the 2011 film (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), where Megatron destroys the statue of Lincoln and then sits on the chair as a throne;NEWS, Staff,weblink Lincoln Memorial's role in U.S. history, pop culture, The Washington Post, July 26, 2013, February 11, 2017, and the 2016 horror movie (The Purge: Election Year), in which the Lincoln Memorial is shown with dead and burning bodies on the steps and the columns defaced with giant letters that spell out "PURGE", written in human blood.Kim, Kristen Yoonsoo (June 30, 2016) "'The Purge: Election Year' Hits the Upgrade Button in Literally Every Way" ''Complex: Pop Culture"Other films and television programs which have featured the Memorial include In the Line of Fire; National Treasure, in which the main characters discuss the possibility of stealing the Declaration of Independence while sitting on the steps of the Memorial; the comedy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), where the statue of Lincoln helps defeat the Horus warriors; the "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington" episode of The Simpsons; the scene from Forrest Gump, in which Forrest (Tom Hanks) delivers a speech standing on a podium in front of the Memorial facing the reflecting pool; and the 2013 film White House Down, in which the President (Jamie Foxx) requests a fly-by of the Lincoln Memorial, at both the beginning and the end of the movie to pay homage to his hero. In The Handmaid's Tale (season 3, episode 6), June, the lead character, is seen standing in front of the statue of Lincoln, which has been desecrated.Many of the appearances of the Lincoln Memorial are actually digital visual effects, due to restrictive filming rules.BOOK, Sacher, Jay, Lincoln Memorial: The Story and Design of an American Monument,weblink February 12, 2017, May 6, 2014, Chronicle Books, 9781452131986, 83–85, As of 2017, according to the National Park Service, "Filming/photography is prohibited above the white marble steps and the interior chamber of the Lincoln Memorial.""Permit FAQS" National Park ServiceMitchell Newton-Matza said in 2016 that "Reflecting its cherished place in the hearts of Americans, the Lincoln Memorial has often been featured prominently in popular culture, especially motion pictures."BOOK, Mitchell Newton-Matza, Historic Sites and Landmarks that Shaped America,weblink 2016, ABC-CLIO, 324, According to Tracey Gold Bennett, "The majesty of the Lincoln Memorial is a big draw for film location scouts, producers, and directors because this landmark has appeared in a considerable number of films."BOOK, Tracey Gold Bennett, Washington, D.C., Film and Television,weblink 2014, Arcadia, 27, Jay Sacher writes:From high to low, the memorial is cultural shorthand for both American ideals and 1960s radicalism. From Forrest Gump's Zelig-like insertion into anti-war rallies on the steps of the memorial, to the villainous Decepticon robots discarding the Lincoln statue and claiming it as a throne. ... The memorial's place in the culture is assured even as it is parodied.

Depictions on U.S. currency

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}}From 1959 (the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth) to 2008, the memorial, with statue visible through the columns, was depicted on the reverse of the United States one-cent coin, which since 1909 has depicted a bust of Lincoln on its front.BOOK, Bowers, Q. David, Q. David Bowers, 2008, A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents, Whitman Publishing, Atlanta, Georgia, 978-0-7948-2264-4, 45, 49–51, The memorial has appeared on the back of the U.S. five-dollar bill since 1929.WEB,weblink $5, U.S. Currency Education Program, United States Government, en, 2018-05-28, mdy-all, $5 Note (1914-1993) (PDF), The front of the bill bears Lincoln's portrait.

See also


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Eastern Philosophy
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M.R.M. Parrott