Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Chicago monuments under assault, Part Two, Young Lincoln

Young Lincoln

Yes, Abraham Lincoln is under attack in the Land of Lincoln. 

In response to the July riot at the site of Grant Park's Christopher Columbus statue--which led to that monument and another Columbus statue to be moved to storage, Chicago's inept mayor, Lori Lightfoot created the Chicago Monuments Commission to review public statues and the like for "review."

Review before removal? I suspect. 

I used to drive past Young Lincoln, which was designed by Charles Keck, a couple of times a week when I lived on the North Side of the city, the bronze work sits at Senn Park on Clark Street. 

Keck was an apprentice of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who designed the masterpiece Abraham Lincoln: The Man that I discussed in length Sunday at Da Tech Guy.

In 1951 Young Lincoln was placed on display at the Civil War museum at the main branch of the Chicago Public Library downtown. When that building became the Chicago Cultural Center, a new home was needed and the statue was moved to Senn Park. An apocryphal story is that during the 1860 presidential campaign the Republican nominee gave a speech at a farm where this park now lies.

To comment on Young Lincoln and the forty others "under review" please visit the Chicago Monuments Project "Feedback page." Please be polite but firm in your comments.

If you Tweet this post--and I urge you to do so--please use the #ChicagoMonuments hashtag.

Earlier post

Chicago monuments under assault, Part One, William McKinley

Related post of mine at Da Tech Guy

Lincoln statues under attack in the largest city in the Land of Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln: The Man)

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