February 12th, 2009 – by: Andy99
Thursday, February 12 was Abraham Lincolnâ€™s 200th Birthday. Much was going on in Washington to celebrate the Lincoln Bicentennial: commemorative programs at the Lincoln Memorial, Fordâ€™s Theatre, and the National Archives and a new Lincoln exhibit set to open at the Library of Congress that evening. Iâ€™d seen the traveling â€śAbraham Lincoln: Self-made in Americaâ€ť exhibit on its stop in Springfield, VA, the previous weekend (see my Virginia blog). Today, I wanted to do something different. So, I ventured over to the eastern side of Capitol Hill to see Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is twelve blocks from the Capitol and was a site Iâ€™d never visited. Itâ€™s most famous for the Emancipation Memorial, the first memorial erected to Lincoln in Washington. Itâ€™s a controversial statue today (see my review). Also here is the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial, commemorating a 20th century African-American educator.
The weather was sunny and bright and the temperature nice for mid-February. Of course, I took photos around the park (albeit the foliage would be greener in spring or summer). Few people were there. Only one other individual was present to take a photo of the Lincoln statue and she wondered why I had not gone to Fordâ€™s Theatre. But this visit was doable at noontime and the walk there and back a good exercise. And, Iâ€™d seen a new memorial to add to my list.
Washington Sights & Attractions review
Memorials in Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park is a public park on the far eastern end of Capitol Hill. The urban greenspace was a part of Pierre Lâ€™Enfantâ€™s 1791 plan for Washingto… read entire review