Around Town: Remembering History

I played “tourist” in my city of Washington, DC this week, and re-visited some monuments on the National Mall. I’ve visited the Lincoln Memorial no less than a dozen times, each time noticing new details with a fresh eye, like the Angel of Truth Mural above Lincoln’s engraved speech. 

I have visited the Lincoln Memorial at night, in the morning light, at dusk. With thick crowds and an absence of people. I have seen it in the winter, in the snow, and in the humid summer heat.

I hope you get a chance to visit it. And, if you do, I hope you get a chance to go back a second time. You might view it differently, as if you are seeing it for the first time.

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Engraved on the wall inside the Lincoln Memorial is Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 

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The mural, titled Emancipation, represents Freedom and Liberty.

“The central panel shows the Angel of Truth releasing slaves from the shackles of bondage.On the left hand side of the mural Justice and Law are represented. On the right hand side, Immortality is the central figure surrounded by Faith, Hope and Charity.” -via NPS.

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