On this date in 1922- the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the statue was Daniel Chester French. At the dedication ceremony former president and current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court-William Howard Taft dedicated the monument. President Warren Harding accepted it on behalf of the American people. In attendance that day was the only surviving son of Lincoln- 79 year old Robert Todd Lincoln.
The Lincoln Memorial is one of my favorite sites in the Washington, D.C. area [Arlington Cemetary would be number 1} I have been to D.C. somewhere between 30-40 times in my life and I’ve never gone and not visited the Lincoln Memorial. The most famous event to happen there was Martin Luther King Jr’s- “I Have A Dream ” speech in 1963. The strangest thing to happen there had to be the unexpected visit President Nixon made. He somehow snuck away from the White House and went down to the memorial-to talk with protesters of the Vietnam War late one night. When word was received that Nixon was there the secret service rushed down and got him. When the protesters were asked what Nixon was talking to them about…they said college football. Dick Nixon was one weird dude.
The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day. They have a great little book store inside. Also you can stand on the spot on the steps where MLK stood back in ’63.