Lincoln the Mystic

Jacqueline C. Lewis

The monument entitled “Lincoln the Mystic” is located on John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City, New Jersey. This statue was erected in 1930, at the main entrance to Lincoln Park.  In many ways this statue can be seen as a representation of Jersey City’s Abraham Lincoln Association’s dedication to preserving the President’s memory. As the monument was constructed during The Great Depression it evident that this monument was built solely on the charity of the people. I found this to be extremely interesting because even in present day, Jersey City is often seen as bursting with pride and a sense of close-knit community in an over-populated area. While Jersey City can be seen as an area that is almost always under new development, through researching “Lincoln the Mystic” and the Abraham Lincoln Society I realized there is a true sense of history and pride embedded in collective memory of citizens.

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is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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