History tells us that the city of Lincoln in Illinois is the only town named after Abraham Lincoln before he was elected as president. Interestingly enough, Lincoln actually was present in the town during the “naming ceremony.” It is said that he christened the town with watermelon juice from a melon he had cut open. That event occurred in 1853. Mr. Lincoln was to visit the town several times afterward in his capacity as a lawyer working the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Sadly, his last visit to the place was as a funeral stop on May 3, 1865.
I was looking for Lincoln statues. There were none outside the Courthouse. On a tip from one of the merchants in an antique store directly across from the Courthouse, I went in the stately building. And there it was-not far from the security checkpoint-a magnificent statue of Abraham Lincoln. See pictures below:
I noticed while looking at the statue that there was on the base by his right foot-a slice of watermelon. I regret not having taken a picture of it! What a wonderful statue-and in color!
Who is the artist? What is the statue made of? Did the sculptor create any other works of art? Any more Lincoln works?
Source material: Lincoln In Sculpture by Carl Volkmann
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