June 21, 2014
ISSUE | COMMUNITY Studying history where it happened We should all be ashamed of the callous and cavalier attitude taken by some Haddon Heights residents who objected to the installation of memorial plaques to enslaved African Americans ("Slavery markers stir a local debate," June 10). According to Mayor Ed Forte, "The slavery issue seems to have upset people. " Forte also suggests that a library might be a more fitting place to acknowledge this history. But I humbly submit that the American people are not willing to move the Martin Luther King Jr. statue or the Lincoln Memorial or Philadelphia's President's House from their historic locations.
December 8, 2013 |
DJS Associates Inc., a 25-employee Abington firm that laser-scans accident scenes and building collapses for insurers and plaintiffs' lawyers, is stepping up its game. A four-person DJS crew will begin Monday the giant task of laser-scanning the Lincoln Memorial. The eventual three-dimensional digital image - the merging of 400 individual scans - will be accurate to within a quarter-inch of the physical monument in Washington, the firm says. The pro bono project is being done in conjunction with the National Park Service and the nonprofit organization CyArk, based in Oakland, Calif.
August 29, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA photographer Jack T. Franklin told the story of the 1963 March on Washington from almost every angle. There are photos of city political heavyweights, lawyers Cecil B. Moore and Charles Bowser, riding on a train to the march. And there are photos of ordinary Philadelphians, black and white, sitting next to each other on a train seat. One shows two women seated with a young girl, about 4 or 5 years old. The girl's face is not smiling, not fearful, but full of anticipation.
July 28, 2013 |
At 10:13 a.m. Friday, a policeman began taking down the yellow crime-scene tape at the Lincoln Memorial, and a wave of visitors surged up the steps to see the damage. The upper chamber, where the 120-ton statue of Abraham Lincoln has sat for 91 years, was still roped off. But the people could see the pale-green paint splattered on the left pant leg and the bottom of the frock coat. A child said it looked like Play-Doh. But the statue was solid as always. The right foot, in a square-toe boot, slightly forward.
February 19, 2012
President's Day is Monday, and lonelyplanet.com pulled together a fun list of the 50 Best U.S. Presidential Sites - one in each state. Here are 10 that are within a day's drive. Brandywine Springs Park , Delaware. Jed Prouty Tavern , Buckport, Maine Catoctin Mountain Park (home of Camp David), Maryland John F. Kennedy birthplace , Brookline, Mass. Grover Cleveland birthplace , Caldwell, N.J. Federal Hall , New York City Soldiers' National Cemetery , Gettysburg, Pa. Calvin Coolidge's home , Plymouth Notch, Vt. Monticello , Charlottesville, Va. Lincoln Memorial , Washington, DC www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/southwest/nevada/travel-tips-and-articles/36873
August 23, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Some were locals who have watched for years as the memorial to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took shape on the National Mall. Some were tourists who happened to be in Washington the day it opened. All felt honored to be a part of history as they gazed at a towering granite sculpture of the civil rights leader. Hundreds of people slowly filed through the entrance to the four-acre memorial site on a warm, sunny Monday morning in the nation's capital. Before reaching the sculpture, they passed through two pieces of granite carved to resemble the sides of a mountain.
December 3, 2010
THE REV. Dr. Martin Luther King looks as if he had been freed from a granite tomb by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin's hammer and chisel. The 30-foot figure of Dr. King being assembled in the shadow of the Washington Monument is permanently encased in the massive granite block it was hewn from. It forms the centerpiece of a national King memorial that is near completion. Even viewed through a mesh of steel scaffolding Wednesday, King cut an imposing figure. Whether the figure is a striking enough likeness to satisfy critics who have assailed the project since Lei was chosen over several American artists will be debated for years.
August 28, 2010
Where is the outrage from conservatives regarding the location and timing? Where are the right-wing cries of dismay for the lack of respect? Why isn't Fox News lamenting the insensitivity to the millions affected emotionally by the impact of the original event? We all know there's a legal right to do it, but is it the right thing to do? No, I'm not talking about what Sarah Palin calls "the 9/11 mosque. " I'm referring to Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally scheduled for Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial - which just so happens to be the anniversary date of the "I Have a Dream" speech given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
July 30, 2010
RE THE July 20 op-ed by Fatimah Ali: It's clear she doesn't get Glenn Beck. Mr. Beck purposely close Aug. 28, the anniversary of the '63 March on Washington, for his rally at the Lincoln Memorial. If the author watched Mr. Beck's program on a regular basis, she'd know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is highly revered by Glenn Beck. And, for the record, Mr. Obama isn't clearing up anyone's mess. He is, along with his administration, actually making everything far worse. We must all pray we can survive until he's mercifully voted out of office in two years.
April 10, 2009 |
"I knew it was important because I could see the tears in my mother's eyes. " Rosemary Mixon Snow, 78, was 8 years old when her mother took her to hear Marian Anderson sing to a throng of 75,000 and a vast radio audience at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939. "I remember the feeling," Snow recalls. "There was just a very good feeling all around as she sang. " It was a watershed moment in the history of civil rights, and concerts in Washington and Philadelphia, the great contralto's hometown, will mark its 70th anniversary on Sunday.