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Saint-Gaudens Statue in Lincoln Park

If you're near Lincoln Park in Chicago (Clark Street and North Avenue), take the opportunity to see one of America's most famous Lincoln statues. You will find it on the east lawn of the Chicago History Museum. A replica of this work by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens also stands outside Westminster Abbey, London.

To create this monumental figure, Saint-Gaudens used the 1860 life mask of Lincoln by Chicago sculptor Leonard Volk. A Vermont farmer of approximately Lincoln's height served as the model. Thousands of people watched the dedication ceremony on October 22, 1887, when Lincoln's grandson and namesake unveiled the statue and Leonard Swett, a Lincoln friend and colleague, delivered the address.

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