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Harry Truman’s official memorial isn’t a physical one like the Lincoln Memorial, but rather is a federal scholarship for grad school worth $30,000 that’s given out to college juniors interested in public service.

The sculptor of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Gutzon Borglum, planned to make a secret room behind the hairline of Abraham Lincoln which was supposed to be a doorway to a chamber originally intended to hold some of America's most treasured documents but was left unfinished due to his death.

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  1. When celebrated singer Marian Anderson was denied permission to perform for an integrated audience because she was black, President Franklin Roosevelt arranged for her to give a concert on the steps of Lincoln memorial that was heard by thousands in person and millions over the radio

  2. The Lincoln Memorial was almost a giant pyramid. During the planning process for the memorial various designs were considered and rejected. One design would have had the memorial built inside of a giant Egyptian style pyramid.

  3. Both Arlington National Cemetery and Lee-Custis Mansion are located behind the Lincoln Memorial to the west. To the memorial's east lies Capitol Hill and the Washington Monument.

  4. There are more than 6 million visitors to the Lincoln Memorial every year.

  5. Congress chose and authorized the site for the memorial, deciding on the site of a demolished WW1 munitions building near the Lincoln Memorial.

  6. Inside the Lincoln Memorial are two murals. One includes stone engravings of the Gettysburg Address and the other contains stone engravings of Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address.

  7. The marble used for the building portion of the Lincoln Memorial was from Colorado. The marble used for Abraham Lincoln's statue was from Georgia.

  8. Above Abraham Lincoln's statue's head is an inscription: In this temple, as in the hearts of the people, for whom he saved the union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln, is enshrined forever.

  9. At the time of Abraham Lincoln's death there were 36 states of the Union. This is the reason that there were 36 columns designed into the Lincoln Memorial.

  10. Lincoln Memorial was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15th, 1966.

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Abraham Lincoln was one of the most cherished of the United States" presidents. He was assassinated in 1865.

Abraham Lincoln was instrumental in leading the U.S. through one of its most troubled periods, and the Civil War. He managed to save the Union, modernize the U.S. economy, strengthen the government and abolish slavery. His death was a blow to the country.

Gutzon Borglum died in March of 1941. His son Lincoln continued to work on the memorial until October of 1941, when funding ran out.

There are 87 steps from the Reflecting Pool to Lincoln's statue in the monument. The number 87 represents "four score and 7" as Abraham Lincoln spoke in his famous Gettysburg Address.

Abraham Lincoln's involvement in abolishing slavery led to the Lincoln Memorial becoming an important symbol for race relations. Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th, 1963.

Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota is a carved granite memorial to former U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt. The carving was done in the side of Mount Rushmore. Work began in 1927 and was completed 14 years later.

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, on April 14th, 1865.

A man roller-skated from Chicago to D.C. (685 Miles) to attend Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech. Left Chicago August 17, 1963 and 10 Days Later Arrived at Lincoln Memorial. - source

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The sculpture of Abraham Lincoln was designed by Daniel Chester French, who also designed Concord, Massachusetts" "Minute Man" sculpture; the 'standing Lincoln" in Lincoln, Nebraska; "John Harvard" at Harvard University; and "John Boyle O"Reilly Memorial" in Boston, Massachusetts, among many other notable sculptures in the United States.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial was carved by Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln Borglum.

The tomb of Chinese President Sun was modelled after Abraham Lincoln, down to the train funeral procession. The Chinese government also asked an American architect to develop a Chinese counterpart of Arlington National Cemetery in the memorial park

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from DAR when they would not let Marian Anderson perform at their Constitution Hall. Her recital arranged at the Lincoln Memorial instead was later attended by ~75,000.

There was a rumor that stated that Robert E Lee's face could be seen on the back of Lincoln's head in the Lincoln Memorial. This was later proven false after a 1995 survey proved it was only hair.

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