90 Years of Reverence for Our 16th President

The iconic Lincoln Memorial, situated on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated on May 30, 1922.

Honoring the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, the memorial was modeled after ancient Greek temples, and includes 36 columns that surround the structure—one for each of the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death in 1865.

The interior of the monument includes a 19-foot statue of Lincoln, as well as large inscriptions from his second inaugural address and his famous Gettysburg Address. Carved into the wall above where Lincoln sits, these words greet all who come to pay their respects to one of our nation’s most important presidents:

“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”

In 2006, as part of the celebration of the Washington 2006 philatelic exhibition, this 1923 $1 Lincoln Memorial stamp was reissued. The stamp was originally issued on February 12, 1923—the 114th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birthday.

Have you visited the Lincoln Memorial? What kind of effect did it have on you?