In the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Congress decided this history-making leader deserved to be honored in a huge way. Two years after he was fatally shot, members of Congress established the Lincoln Monument Association. The year was 1867. Now, more than 150 years later, the Lincoln Memorial still stands in honor of the slain president and his important work.
As the 16th President of the United States, Lincoln drove the movement that would eventually abolish slavery and appealed to the common man with his simple way of speaking. You can see a massive rendering of the widely beloved president at his namesake Lincoln Memorial, along with inscriptions of some of his most famous quotes and murals dedicated to his life. He was such a popular president that people from all walks of life came together to erect this memorial in his honor, from politicians to sculptors. See the spoils of their hard work at a monument almost as famous as the man who inspired it.