On a bright and sunny but cold day in December 2009, my wife and I set out to see and photograph the 13 foot tall limestone Lincoln statue on the grounds of the Lincoln Consolidated Schools area in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The statue was made by Samuel Cashwan and dedicated in 1938. From what I’ve heard, the students and faculty of the school at the time came up with the idea. It was actually dedicated on the 73rd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s burial.
The statue itself looked pretty good for it’s age. I noticed that at some point it had apparently sustained some damage but had been repaired. It looked like a part of his nose had been cemented back on. There was also a square section that looked like it had been missing and put back on. It was fairly clean. I think it has been sandblasted in the past to “clean it up.” I particularly liked Lincoln’s head. I thought the sculptor really captured the “Lincoln look.” It stands on a rectangular base. The front of the base has an inscription on it. On each side of Lincoln are individuals who were obviously freed slaves as they are wearing shackles that have broken chains. I hope you enjoy the pictures of this wonderful work of art and tribute to Mr. Lincoln.Mail this post