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The Washington National Cathedral is filled with memorials to persons or events of national significance. I've seen a lot of various commemorative plaques and statue of Abraham Lincoln on the main level. I've noticed a few baskets for non-perishable food donation put on the floor behind the Lincoln's statue.
In my opinion the statue itself is not interesting (well, pay attention to Tennessee pink marble used in the base) but the story hidden behind it is. There is a commemorative table put on a wall behind the statue of Lincoln. Open the next picture to read words of Lincoln spoken in Spriengfield, Illinois in February 1861 that was when he had to move to Washington, DC for his presidential inauguration. Shortly before he survived an assassination attempt in Baltimore, Maryland. Lincoln arrived secretly in disguise in Washington, D.C. on February 23, 1861. Southerners ridiculed Lincoln for this subterfuge, but the efforts at security may have been prudent. The words of Lincoln spoken just before secret leaving Spriengfield refer, in my opinion, to responsibility of top politicians who sometimes forced to make fast and very difficult, hard decisions seek or ask for support of the God.
On November 6, 1860, Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States. He won entirely on the strength of his support in the North: he was not even on the ballot in nine states in the South. Even before Lincoln's election, some leaders in the South made it clear that their states would leave the Union in response to a Lincoln victory. And indeed, soon 11 southern states did it and created own state called the Confederate States of America (shortly the Confederacy, CSA). The Union troops attacked young Confederacy and the so called Civil War broke out in 1861.
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