(photo of the Lincoln Memorial by Luis Bastardo)
In October 2009, Luis, a Venezuelan citizen, visited the United States for the first time since he attended the opening of Disneyworld with his parents in 1971. We traveled around the country visiting different cities, but he was especially awed by Washington, D.C.: the history, the museums, the galleries, the orderliness, the cleanliness and the amazing national monuments. He could have easily spent another month there just exploring the incredible and extensive repository of national treasures. This shot of the Lincoln Memorial is one of his more impressive photos of the city; he managed to capture the drama and importance of the tribute to one of the nation's most impactful and important leaders, Abraham Lincoln.
The Lincoln Memorial, located in the National Mall, was completed in 1922 and remains one of the most visited sites in the United States, with over 3.6 million visitors annually. The memorial has been the site of two notable civil rights precedents: a performance of African-American contralto Marian Anderson to a live audience of 70,000 and a radio audience in the millions and The March on Washington, a civil rights rally featuring Martin Luther King's famous speech "I Have a Dream". President Lincoln, a prominent abolitionist, would have been proud.