If we were to ask children from various parts of the world to name any of the former Presidents of the United States of America, one name is sure to resound loudly – that of Abraham Lincoln. From stories of his childhood, a spirited youth and his political career, Abraham Lincoln has always been admired as the pride of the world’s third largest nation. A tribute to the United States’ 16th President, the Lincoln Memorial is a monument visited by anyone and everyone traveling to Washington DC. Join us on a session as we explore this historical landmark and gain an insight into the life and times of this visionary leader.
Most famously known for abolishing slavery and for steadfastly carrying the nation all through the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was unfortunately, assassinated on 14th April, 1865. Although a memorial for him was planned as early as 1867, it was only in 1922 that the Lincoln Memorial was opened to public. It was designed by Henry Bacon, who chose Parthenon in Greece as his inspiration to model this memorial. During the period when Lincoln was assassinated, the Union consisted of 36 states, and hence, 36 Doric columns were added to flank the monument, which is further decorated with beautiful relief sculpture and friezes.
In the centre of the grand building, is the stupendous statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln, that was carved by Daniel Chester French and the Piccirilli brothers. You are likely to be mesmerized by the murals painted the American artist Jules Guerin as well inscriptions from some of President Lincoln’s most inspiring speeches – the Gettysburg Address as well as his Second Inaugural Address – that can be seen in the rooms in the north and south. The Lincoln Memorial and the path that leads to the clear Reflecting Pool, has been the venue of many a historical moment for the nation, including the ‘I have a dream’ speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This session will certainly enthuse children and young adults studying history and older persons looking to take a stroll down the pages of American history.