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French Statue in Lincoln, Nebraska

At the west entrance of the Nebraska State Capitol, you'll see this bronze memorial statue, authorized by the Nebraska Legislature. The legislature created the Lincoln Centennial Memorial Association on April 12, 1903, providing state funds to help pay for the memorial.

When Daniel Chester French received the commission for the statue in 1909, he ranked as one of America's leading sculptors. He collaborated with architect Henry Bacon to provide the statue's setting. French and Bacon are most famous for their work on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Gettysburg Address is carved into the granite backdrop, and Lincoln is depicted as just having finished that memorable speech. During the statue dedication on September 2, 1912, Nebraska orator William Jennings Bryan spoke to a crowd of thousands.

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