|When Charlotte Scott, an emancipated slave, heard of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, she decided to start a fund that would go towards a memorial to Lincoln. Through Scott's inspiration, $18,000 was donated towards the building of a monument. The money was raised entirely from emancipated African Americans. The original statue resides in Washington, DC. Frederick Douglass gave the keynote speech at its memorial dedication on April 14, 1876. |
Thomas Ball of Charlestown, MA, sculpted the statue. The statue is supposed to be a life-size depiction of Lincoln. The slave is meant to be breaking his own chains and is based upon a picture of Archer Alexander, the last slave to be captured under the Fugitive Slave Law.
Moses Kimball, a Massachusetts legislator, ordered a replica of the statue, which was dedicated in 1879. This copy is located at 1 Columbus Avenue, next to the Park Plaza Hotel.
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