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18 February 2012

Say hello to Abraham Lincoln

Towering in front of Middlesex Guildhall, on Parliament Square, is someone that passers-by often don't expect to find there, as here stands Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America.

The statue is a replica one that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago, USA, and the original designs were by American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The statue was unveiled in Parliament Square in July 1920, and was part of a plan to celebrate a century since the Treaty of Ghent, which marked of peace between Britain and the USA. However, it was not actually erected until six years after the 1914 anniversary.

For the full story, see http://yourarchives.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php?title=The_statue_of_Abraham_Lincoln_in_Parliament_Square

1 comment:

  1. You should have posted this on February 12th, that's his birthday! I've been to London few times and I never knew this statue existed, thanks for sharing.