Lincoln's Front-Row Seat to History

By Emma Fidel And Jane Hwang - 2013-08-27T22:31:28Z

Photograph by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

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Symbolic Shadow

One hundred years after the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln's statue had a front-row seat to a crucial event in his legacy's trajectory: Martin Luther King Jr. addressed 250,000 people in his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. "We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now," King said. While the 1963 March on Washington was the most famous protest to occur in what King called Lincoln's "symbolic shadow," it was hardly the only important event that occurred at the memorial. As Washington celebrates the 50th anniversary of the march this week, we take a look at some key moments witnessed by Lincoln's 19-foot effigy.

Here, a re-enactment of the march, held on Aug. 24, 2013.