Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool

The events that define our nation happen here.

Immortalized in marble, Abraham Lincoln sits overlooking the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument. Dedicated in 1922, the Lincoln Memorial has become the site of defining moments in American history. The Memorial is where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, where citizens gather to air their grievances against government in a meaningful way.

Using federal dollars which the Trust helped to leverage from Congress, the Reflecting Pool was rebuilt and slightly redesigned in 2012 to be more sustainable and aesthetically pleasing.

The Reflecting Pool, modeled after the grand canals at Versailles and Fontainebleau, has mirrored these chapters in our history. Together the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool have overseen American history, from civil rights marches to the annual Fourth of July Fireworks.

Lincoln Memorial and reflecting pool