A Lincoln Roadtrip to the United Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Plymouth, Michigan

Lincoln Plaque in United Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Lincoln Plaque in United Memorial Gardens Cemetery

 

Lincoln image close-up

Lincoln image close-up

B. Nash

B. Nash

Lincoln looks skyward

Lincoln looks skyward

On a bright sunny day with a beautiful blue sky overhead, I made a roadtrip to Plymouth, Michigan. Actually, my destination was a cemetery. I’ve always been weird that way! The United Memorial Gardens Cemetery is unique in several ways. It’s uniqueness for myself mostly centered around the fact that it contains a Lincoln work of art. Who would have thought! The plaque was created by Robert A. Weinman. Lincoln is depicted as looking toward the heavens. He seems to be young but he has a beard. This is probably an historical contradiction since it is known that Lincoln didn’t grow a beard until he was President-elect. The plaque contains the quote by Lincoln:
 
“I cannot conceive how anyone could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”
 
Needless to say, the plaque and the surrounding area made for a peaceful few moments. I noticed that there were several Lincoln pennies scattered at the base of the plaque. Interesting. People making a wish perhaps?
As I was preparing to leave, I noticed another Lincoln plaque! Just a few feet away was a small plaque featuring the Gettysburg Address with a profile of Lincoln.
 
Gettysburg Address Plaque in United Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Gettysburg Address Plaque in United Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Lincoln profile from plaque

Lincoln profile from plaque

What a bonus! Now that’s a cemetery that knows how to do things!
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5 Responses to “A Lincoln Roadtrip to the United Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Plymouth, Michigan”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Good question Dave. When I read it my first thought was that it was not an exact quote by Lincoln. I will have to do some digging to see if I can find out the source. Great posts!

  2. Dave Wiegers says:

    I did some research on the sculptor of this piece. He is the son of a relatively famous sculptor of the early 2oth century. the father, Adolph Alexander Weinman sculpted two very well known Lincoln pieces. One is the seated Lincoln in Hodgenville, KY and Madison, WI and the other is a standing Lincoln in the Rotunda of the Kentucky State Capital.
    A very talented family.

  3. Dave Wiegers says:

    Bill, is there any attribution for the quote, “I cannot conceive how anyone could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”
    There are so many often quoted things that Lincoln supposedly said that anymore I have started to ask where the quote came from. Was it in a letter he wrote to someone? Was it in a speech?

  4. B. Nash says:

    You’ll enjoy it very much. Let me know what you think.

  5. Dave Wiegers says:

    Looks like a roadtrip for me to Plymouth this fall. an interesting work.

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