Pictures of the Lincoln Statue at Burton Historical Library, Detroit

Lincoln statue at Burton Library, Detroit

Lincoln statue at Burton Library, Detroit


Lincoln statue holding the Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln statue holding the Emancipation Proclamation


Front view

Front view

       These photos were taken from inside the Burton Library located at Detroit, Michigan. The statue is placed in the Archive Room.

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12 Responses to “Pictures of the Lincoln Statue at Burton Historical Library, Detroit”

  1. Dave Wiegers says:

    Bryan Benjamin, what is the status of the restoration? I wrote to the mayor today asking. I also sent him pictures of the original in New Jersey and one of the copies in Wooster, Ohio. I’d love to come to the rededication. I have even spoken at dedications of Lincolns statues.

  2. B. Nash says:


  3. Bryan Benjamin says:

    I work in St. Cloud, MN for an engineering firm. We are currently working on a new trail for the City of St. Cloud and recently the mayor announced the Lincoln Statue will be moved from its current location (54 4th Ave N, on the south lawn of the Empire Apartments adjacent to 1st Street N) down to the extended Beaver Island Trail adjacent to the Mississippi River and the River’s Edge Convention Center. The next time I visit the area I will look for the Mullins Co. label. I have taken photos of the statue for our project in case anyone is interested.

  4. Fred Reed says:

    Hi Dave, this is Fred Reed. We met at my book signing at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago. My questions are these: Is Pelzer’s statue at Lincoln City, NJ a bronze statue or one of the hammered copper (hollow, approx. 80-pound, W.H. Mullins Co. replicas) by Segesman? What is Pelzer’s correct first name: Alonzo? Alfonso? Alphonso? Alphonse? or what?

  5. Chris says:

    Great statue-love the color!

  6. Dave Wiegers says:

    Bad typing skills and no proof reading gets me in trouble again. It is the Lincoln Branch library.

  7. B. Nash says:

    Dave, what is the”Lincoln Brand Library?”

  8. Dave Wiegers says:

    I was curious and I called the library. The person I talked to looked and found the Mullins plaque on the base. She also told me that this Lincoln had originally been outside the Lincoln Brand Library but had been brought to the Burton to keep it from being vandalized. We know that the one at the Skillman had origanlly been at the Ford Motor Company and the other one at the Scout Reservation has originally been at the Packard HQ. No mention that I can find of a third one – the one at the Burton Library.

    Very interesting.

  9. B. Nash says:

    Dave, I will make an effort to go back to Burton and check out the base. I’ll get back to you on this.

  10. Dave Wiegers says:

    Pelzer worked for the Mullins Co. My research as shown that Alphonse Pelzer, as the staff sculptor for Mullins, only did one of the Mullins’ Lincolns – the one in 1898 that still stands in Middlesex, NJ. He left Mullins due to ill health around 1899 and went back to Germany where he died a year or two later. After Pelzer left it was about 15 years before a new Lincoln was ordered. Segesman did an entirely new mold. His version is similar to Pelzer’s but differennt in several ways.
    The orignal Pelzer in NJ was around 7 feet tall and the Segesman Lincoln’s are life sized at 6’4″. Pelzer’s Lincoln was much more detailed while the Segesman pieces are lacking in much detail. There are simialr in many ways such as the stance with one foot forward, the Emancipation Proclamation scroll in the left hand and six buttons on the vest.
    John G.Segesman wrote years later that
    Everyone of these Lincolns has a small metal label on the base that identified the work as being from the Mullins Co.

    Bottom line is that it is pretty well documented that Mr. Pelzer has been wrongly credited with all of these statues when John Segesman should have received the credit as the creator.

    in my search for Lincoln statues, I have located two Mullins’ Lincoln that had not been documented anywhere. There is one in St. Cloud, MN and one in Middletown, OHio. It could be that the one in the Burton Library is a thrid piece that has heretofore been undocumented.

  11. B. Nash says:

    What does that mean? Isn’t it still a Pelzer statue?

  12. Dave Wiegers says:

    That is a Mullins Lincoln. Next time you are there take a look on the base for a small meter tag that should indicate The Mullins Co of Salem, Ohio.

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