Abraham Lincoln

Information
A photo the Portland monument of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln; 1927; granite, bronze 

Location 

South Park Blocks, Portland 

Creation and Dedication 

Made by George Fite Waters, presented to the city by Dr. Henry Waldo Coe 

Vandalism/Removal 

On October 11, 2020, protesters toppled the statue, shortly after the toppling of the Roosevelt statue nearby. Protest organizers had promoted the day on social media as “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage” (it was on the eve of the federally observed holiday Columbus Day—recognized now by many instead as Indigenous Peoples’ Day). “Dakota 38” was spray-painted on the pedestal of the statue, a reference to Lincoln’s approving the execution of 38 Dakota men after the Dakota War of 1862. Later, the Mayor of Sandy, Oregon, Stan Pulliam, proposed to repair, install, and maintain the Lincoln statue (along with the statues of Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington). 

Current Status 

The statue is part of the Historic Resource Inventory (subject to City Council Demolition Delay). It is currently in storage, in need of repair. 

Noted Issues: Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th president of the U.S. from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln’s legacy includes his successful political struggle and civil war that preserved the Union, ended slavery, and created the possibility of civil and social freedom for African-Americans[1]. While Lincoln is chiefly remembered for the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order that freed enslaved people living in states not under Union control, he also held racist views of Black people and presided over the removal of Native Americans from their land.