4. The Lincoln Memorial


At the eastern end of our walk is the Lincoln Memorial dedicated to our 16th president Abraham Lincoln. After walking up the steps of the memorial you will see a huge marble statue of a seated Lincoln. The inside walls are inscribed with two of his most famous speeches including the Gettysburg Address:

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers bought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Lincoln spoke these words to commemorate the soldiers who had died during America's bloody Civil War.

It was not a coincidence that Dr. Martin Luther King used the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to deliver his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Poor People's March on Washington in 1963. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, freeing African American slaves during the Civil War. One hundred years later Dr. King called for black equality, with Lincoln’s statue in the background.

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