A Friend Visits Samuel Cashwan’s Lincoln Statue

Samuel Cashwan's Abraham Lincoln Statue

Samuel Cashwan's Abraham Lincoln Statue


Mike at the Lincoln Statue, Ypsilanti, Michigan 2011

Mike at the Lincoln Statue, Ypsilanti, Michigan 2011

When I told my friend Mike about the Lincoln statue in Ypsilanti, he had never heard about it- and he lives in the area! It’s located on the grounds of the Lincoln Consolidated School grounds. It’s been there a long time. It was dedicated in 1938. Lincoln stands 13 feet tall. Then, it was a “big to-do.” The students and the school faculty came up with the idea. It’s been on the school grounds ever since. I have a feeling that very few people know about the statue (like Mike). I know statues are not the “in thing” they once were-especially of traditional heroes. It’s more common nowadays to see new statues dedicated to “victims.” Still, there he is. The statue has seen a lot of change. I hope he is taken care of-so many of our statues have been vandalized.
Mike was impressed. He offered a few words about Lincoln after making his visit to Cashwan’d Lincoln:
“When I visited the statue of Abraham Lincoln, I thought of a man who was a minority in his thinking on racial issues. He lived at a time when you could have been killed for voicing your opinion on such topics, and became the leader of our great nation to fight for equality and the rights for all Americans, regardless of the color of their skin.”
Thank you Mike for making the trip-even though it was in your own backyard! And thank you for your thoughts on Mr. Lincoln. May your appreciation for him continue only to grow.
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4 Responses to “A Friend Visits Samuel Cashwan’s Lincoln Statue”

  1. B. Nash says:

    I was thinking of the “Father Abraham” kind of motif-the shawl conveys that possibly. Iknow he had a shawl with him at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865.

  2. Dave Wiegers says:

    He was known to wear a shawl. I don’t think that there is anything deeper than that.

  3. B. Nash says:

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the additional info. I can always count on you. I find that fact that Lincoln is often depicted wearing a shawl interesting. Any idea why? What aspect of Lincoln was being conveyed?

  4. Dave Wiegers says:

    This particular Lincoln statue is made of limestone which is the reason that is has deteriorated over the years. The dedication took place on May 4, 1938, which was the 73rd anniversary of the day that Lincoln was laid to rest in Springfield. This work is one of just a few in the US to depict the Emancipation theme with figures of slaves. The shawl Lincoln wears was something Lincoln was widely known to wear.

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