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Description of Subject Matter: Massive new mural in D.C. pays tribute to the men who built the Lincoln Memorial statue
By Perry Stein
September 1, 2017
It might have been the simple gray tones of the hulking monument under construction. Or maybe it was the contours of muscular men hard at work on what would become one of the most venerated statues in the nation. Or possibly it was the words beneath it:
"Without culture there can be no growth. . . . Without action, no progress. And without conflict, no victory." — Frederick Douglass.
Whatever it was, joggers stopped, cyclists dismounted and Metro riders peered out their windows during evening commuting hours this week to glimpse the newly installed mural that pays homage to the workers who built the statue in the Lincoln Memorial.
"It's beautiful," said Prameeka Patura, 27, who passed by the mural on an evening walk. "It's very creative. Now I'm thinking I need to go back and look up all this history."
"28 Blocks" by New York artist Garin Baker sits along the Metropolitan Branch Trail — a popular pedestrian and cyclist commuter trail in Northeast Washington that is surrounded by train tracks to the east and industrial buildings on the west. It is a tribute to the men — many of whom were the first and second generation of black men born free — who built the 120-ton marble statue. Italian immigrants also helped build the statue, which was designed by sculptor Daniel Chester French to sit in the memorial, planned by architect Henry Bacon.
The name comes from the 28 blocks of marble used to erect the statue between 1914 and 1922. The marble was carved from mountains in northwestern Georgia by the sons of African slaves, according to the D.C. Department of General Services. The marble was then sent to New York, where the statue was carved block by block. The blocks were later transported from New York to Washington through Union Station, upon which they were assembled for the first time.
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2019 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
a four-day jaunt to Massachusetts (Boston, Stockbridge, and Springfield) to experience rain in another state,
Asheville, NC to visit Dad and his wife Dixie,
four trips to New York City (including the United Nations, Flushing, and the New York Comic-Con), and
my 14th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con (including sites in Utah).
Number of photos taken this year: about 582,000.
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.