Hancock Statue in Washington, D.C.

When you visit the Washington National Cathedral, stop by the Lincoln statue on the south side of the nave (to the left of the front door). You will see a bronze work by Walter Hancock of Massachusetts, dedicated on February 12, 1984. The dedicatory inscription reads: "Abraham Lincoln whose lonely soul God kindled is here remembered by a people their conflict healed by the truth that marches on."

Lincoln is depicted in 1861 as president-elect, draped in one of his trademark shawls, about to leave his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. His famous Farewell Address appears on the wall behind him. In it he commends his fellow townspeople to God and asks them to pray for him. Artistic symbols of Lincoln's life and family have been incorporated into the statue's surroundings. Part of the cost was covered by a bequest to the cathedral from Lincoln's descendants.

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