Monument Of Choice

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On September 11, 2001, New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania was deliberately attacked and hit with a vicious blow against freedom and democracy. These blows were felt by the entire world with such a force, that it rocked the very foundation the United States of America gave birth to.

My monument of choice is "The Lincoln Memorial." It's history reflects the unspeakable acts of exploitation of the human body, the denial of civil and humanitarian rights, the undeniable continuing practices of the "Jim Crow Laws", and the massive amount of bloodshed that destroyed entire generations, states, and countries, and states in the name of religion.

The Lincoln Memorial is a story of survival of democracy and humanitarian for the Human Race. It symbolizes the ideas and struggles for Freedom, Unity, and the Civil Rights for All. Thorough times of despair, the Lincoln Memorial continues to inspire and serve as a light of compassion, hope, and strength.

Located- Washington, DC at 23rd Street, NW Completed- Memorial Day in 1922 Exterior Dimensions- Height of columns in colonnade: 44 ft. (13.4 m.): Diameter of columns: 7 ft. 5 in. (2.3m.) at base: Length of colonnade: 188 ft. (57.3 m.): Width of colonnade: 118 ft. (57.3 m.): Height of building: 99 ft. (30.2 m.) above grade, 80 ft. (24.4 m.) above foundation Interior Dimensions- Central chamber: 60 by 74 ft. (18.3 by 22.6 m.): Side chambers: 63 by 38 ft. (19.3 by 11.6 m.): Height of interior columns: 50 ft. (15.2 m.): Diameter of interior columns: 5 ft. 6 in. (1.7 m.) Materials, Exterior-Walls and exterior columns: Colorado Yule marble: Tripods: Pink Tennessee marble Materials, Interior-Walls and columns: Indiana limestone: Ceiling: Alabama marble saturated with paraffin for translucency; Floor and wall base: Pink Tennessee marble; Pedestal and platform for...