Abraham Lincoln Memorials

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most admired presidents in the history of the United States. The legacy of his accomplishments is felt in the modern world, and his courage during a turbulent time in America continues to inspire respect. He tragically died at the hands of an assassin, but the world refuses to let go of this remarkable leader’s memory. Today, numerous memorials dedicated to Abraham Lincoln can be found all over the world. 

Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Lincoln Memorial features a huge statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln, thinking deeply about how he could preserve the Union and, at the same time, promote equality in the states. The memorial is located at the western front of the National Mall. It has become a sacred ground, having been associated with the Civic Rights Movement.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springville, Illinois

This library and museum showcase the life of Lincoln and events in the American Civil War. It has a library that includes a collection of books about the great president and displays artifacts like the original Gettysburg Address document, Lincoln’s shaving mirror, and a music box that belonged to Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd. The museum also displays Mary’s wedding gown and some china items which she adorned the White House with. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is one of the most frequently-visited presidential libraries.

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg, Illinois

This memorial to Abraham Lincoln is a reconstruction of the village where he lived as a young man. This is where he worked in a general store and had a wrestling match with the town bully. Here, you can see the neighborhood he walked around, including people clothed in period dresses representing Lincoln’s neighbors during his time.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore features the sculptures of the four U.S. presidents: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson. Each sculpture measures around 60 feet tall and is cut into the mountain’s granite southeast side. The images on Mount Rushmore stand for the love of democracy and freedom, and the site receives around two million visitors each year.

Ford’s Theatre

This theater in Washington, D.C., has acquired a grim reputation as the place where Lincoln was shot by the actor John Wilkes Booth. Today, it houses a museum that displays artifacts connected to Lincoln’s assassination, including the gun used by Booth, a .44-caliber Deringer. Aside from artifacts, the Ford’s Center for Education and Leadership houses a large number of books about the much-revered president.

Petersen House

This house is where Lincoln was taken after he was shot by Booth. It is located across the street from Ford’s Theater and was a boarding house owned by a German named William Petersen. Lincoln died at this house the following day after he was shot, and the pillows and pillowcases that had been stained with Lincoln’s blood have been preserved. The Petersen House has been kept by the National Park Service as a tourist attraction for many decades now.

The Lincoln Statue in Edinburgh

Lincoln’s statue in Edinburgh, Scotland, was erected in 1893 to commemorate the Scotsmen who fought with the Union during the American Civil War. It is located at the Old Calton Cemetery in Edinburgh.

The Lincoln Statue in Mexico

The Lincoln Statue in Mexico was given by the United States to Mexico in 1981 because Lincoln stood against the Mexican-American War while he was in office. The statue can be found along Tijuana’s Avenue of Heroes.

Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville, Kentucky

A reconstruction of the log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born can be found in this historical park.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana

The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is a farm site where Lincoln lived from when he was seven years old until he was twenty-one. This is also the site where Nancy Hanks, Lincoln’s mother, is buried.

Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois

The tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln. His wife and three of their sons are also buried here. The tomb is adorned with four sculptures that depict the navy, cavalry, infantry, and artillery that fought in the American Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

This airport is named after Abraham Lincoln and operates both as a military airport and a public airport.

Abraham Lincoln in Parliament Square in London

Lincoln’s statue in London stands close to Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. It was sculpted by the artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Emancipation Proclamation in Nebraska State Capitol

With the U.S. Capitol as the backdrop, this statue of Lincoln portrays him in a frieze with the Emancipation Proclamation in his hand while a number of slaves below him reach their hands out toward him.

Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee

Abraham Lincoln once suggested to the Union general, Oliver Otis Howard, that a university should be built in this place once the American Civil War was over. Today, the existence of Lincoln Memorial University is the realization of the president’s suggestion.

Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Abraham Lincoln’s statue in the Capitol Hill area depicts the president holding the Emancipation Proclamation while an African-American slave kneels on one knee in front of him. 

Lincoln Square in Manhattan, New York

Lincoln Square is a district where one can find Manhattan’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts — the locale for symphony, opera, and ballet. Lincoln Square is believed by some to have been named as such as a tribute to the 16th president of the U.S.  

5$ Bill

The beloved president is commemorated on the $5 bill. Lincoln’s image on the bill is rendered after his photograph that was taken on the 9th of February, 1864.

The Lincoln Cent

The Lincoln Cent, sometimes called the Lincoln Penny, is a one-cent coin that features Abraham Lincoln on its obverse.

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate, Tennessee

This library and museum dedicated to Abraham Lincoln are situated on the grounds of Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. Included in its collection is the cane that Lincoln used on the night of his death at Ford’s Theater. The library and museum proudly keep 30,000 books about Lincoln and the Civil War, along with manuscripts, paintings, and photographs all related to the president.

Abraham Lincoln Statue at Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C.

The statue of Abraham Lincoln at Judiciary Square is only blocks away from Ford’s Theater, where the president was assassinated. On the third anniversary of Lincoln’s death, President Andrew Johnson unveiled the statue.

Lincoln Trail State Memorial in Lawrenceville, Illinois

This Lincoln memorial was unveiled in 1938 to immortalize the moment Lincoln entered Illinois as a young man in his early twenties. Abraham Lincoln’s father, Thomas, led his family from Indiana to Illinois in 1830. It is believed by historians that the family brought along an ox that pulled their wagon packed with their belongings. The sculpture portrays exactly this scene where the young Abraham Lincoln, sculpted in bronze, leads two adults and two children, who are represented in bas-relief in limestone. 

Lincoln College in Illinois

The college, established in 1865, was named after Lincoln, in a town that was also named after the great U.S. president.

Lincoln Statue in Manchester, England

A bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln stands in the quiet Lincoln Square in Manchester, England. Beneath the statue is an inscription of a letter addressed to the working people of Manchester, thanking them for their support in the fight against slavery and for the friendship that exists between the U.S. and Great Britain.

The City of Lincoln, Illinois

The city of Lincoln is home to Lincoln College and was named after Abraham Lincoln well before he became president. While living there, Lincoln worked as counsel for the Chicago & Mississippi Railroad. It is said that when the local townspeople suggested to Lincoln that the town should be named after him, he modestly countered, saying, “Nothing bearing the name of Lincoln ever amounted to much.”