Established in 1932 in the midst of the crisis of the Great Depression, the Lincoln Memorial Shrine is dedicated to educating visitors, students, and scholars alike on the life and work of Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Civil War era. Today we find ourselves in a period of political, economic, and social strife that is exposing and exacerbating persistent inequities in American society. The tragic death of George Floyd (in the midst of a global pandemic with all of its dislocations) has become a catalyst for change that could help us all with—as Lincoln charged in his 1863 “Gettysburg Address”—the “unfinished work . . and great task remaining before us” of true and lasting equality.
Here at the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, we remain dedicated to the work of exposing past injustices, listening to “the better angels of our nature,” and lighting the way to a more just and equitable present and future.