What is special about Abe Lincoln's hands as they appear on his statue in the Lincoln Memorial?
#105608. Asked by star_gazer. (May 15 09 9:18 PM)
"French used Lincoln's life mask as well as casts of Lincoln's own hands as models."
"Another popular legend is that Lincoln is shown using sign language to represent his initials, with his left hand shaped to form an "A" and his right hand to form an "L". The National Park Service denies both stories,... Gerald Prokopowicz writes that, while it is not clear that sculptor Daniel Chester French intended Lincoln's hands to be formed into sign language versions of his initials,...he would have had a reason to do so, i.e., to pay tribute to Lincoln for having signed the federal legislation giving Gallaudet University, a university for the deaf, the authority to grant college degrees. The National Geographic Society's publication, 'Pinpointing the Past in Washington, D.C.' states that Daniel Chester French had a son who was deaf and the sculptor was familiar with sign language."
The Left Hand Of Abraham Lincoln |
Mysterious rumors suggest that the Lincoln Memorial statue is using sign language to indicate the letter A
The Right Hand Of Abraham Lincoln
Monument theorists have suggested that Memorial Statue of Abraham Lincoln is using sign language to represent the second letter of his initials, L
Lincoln's statue has one hand clenched into a fist to show the strength and determination he needed during his Presidency and one hand open and relaxed, representing the compassion and respect Lincoln showed to all people.
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