Tuesday, February 12, 2008

the Lincoln connection

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What connection does Abraham Lincoln have to rural north Georgia?

The marble used in this beautiful statue was mined right here at the Georgia Marble Company in neighboring Pickens County.

Abraham Lincoln was born on this date, February 12, 1809, was the 16th POTUS, and is most famous for abolishing slavery by passing the 13th Amendment.

His assassination in 1865 was the first presidential assassination in U.S. history and made him a martyr for the ideal of national unity.

Most visitors when visiting the Lincoln Memorial remember his accomplishments and place in history, but we Georgians say, "Look, that's Georgia Marble!" Happy Birthday Mr. President.


~more on Georgia Marble from Appalachian History
~photo from Webshots



4 comments:

dot said...

I've been thru the marble county but I didn't know about that. I've never seen the Lincoln Memorial in person but it is certainly beautiful in pictures.

June said...

I never knew that...and will never look at it again without thinking of it :-) And thanks too for reminding me that today's Lincoln's birthday. I've never liked the idea of "President's Day", preferring to honor each on their own.

Dave Tabler said...

Thanks for the nod, Susan!

Dave Tabler
www.appalachianhistory.net

Kerri said...

You're such a good teacher Susan. I learn something new every time I come here. That's beautiful marble...fit for a president!