It’s ironic that the Lincoln Memorial is so opulent, given that the man who it immortalizes was famously humble. As the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln found favor with the nation due to his down-to-earth style of speaking and his humble beginnings in an impoverished farming family.
Despite those roots, Lincoln’s time as president earned him a massive monument constructed out of polished marble. The Lincoln Memorial pays homage to the history-making president not only with a massive sculpture of the man himself, but also with murals and inscriptions that tell the story of his time in office. Learn more about the moves he made that led to the abolition of slavery and the evil plot that ended in his assassination at the Lincoln Memorial.