. . . visited the original Lincoln memorial. Any D.C. tourist can tell you about the Mall's monumental tribute to the 16th U.S. president, but far fewer folks know of the Freedmen's Memorial Monument on Capitol Hill. The sculpture, which was dedicated in 1876, nearly 50 years before its more famous counterpart, bears extra significance because it was paid for entirely through the donations of freed slaves.
A freed Virginia slave gave the first $5 she earned, the sculpture's initial gift.
(File Photo/ Michael Williamson -- The Washington Post)
East Capitol Street, between 11th and 13th streets
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