Lincoln Statue for Wilkinsburg

Help beautify Wilkinsburg for the next century and beyond!
Please donate to get a new bronze Lincoln statue back up on his pedestal.
Contributions in any amount helps, and donations of $100 or more  receive a Lincoln bobble-head as a thank you gift.
Off-line donations can be sent directly to the Wilkinsburg Historical Society” at Wilkinsburg Historical Society, PO Box 17252, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Thank you for your donation in any amount!

Since 1916 Wilkinsburg had a statue of Abraham Lincoln at the intersection of the Lincoln Highway (now Ardmore Boulevard) and Penn Avenue.  The statue was made of sheet copper formed over a metal framework. Over the past 103 years the statue has suffered much damage  from vandalism, aging and weathering, and is now distorted and corroded.  It has been moved to the Municipal  building, out of the elements and is displayed safely indoors. The metal has been repaired many  times and is too fragile to be reworked again.
 
The Lincoln Highway was America’s  first coast to coast road, built in 1913.   The Lincoln Highway and Wilkinsburg‘s statue honor a remarkable 16th President, one who held the nation together during the Civil War, one who had the determination to free 3 million fellow Americans from slavery and who was  assassinated just six days after the War ended.
The Wilkinsburg Historical  Society  is taking the opportunity to raise funds for a new bronze Lincoln statue for that historic location . 
It’s a complicated process for an artist to create a figural bronze sculpture. It involves armatures, clay, artist talent,  foundry casting,  and the bronze itself to make a life-size statue of Lincoln. The estimated total cost is $65,000-$70,000 except the mandated structural engineer fee  and any modifications to the existing pedestal. County and state grants don’t include statues in their eligible projects so we have turned to the generous GoFundMe community to help.  
It is the hope of the Wilkinsburg Historical Society that everyone who cares about Lincoln’s legacy in Wilkinsburg be given the opportunity to participate. Together we can raise funds for a new statue of Abraham Lincoln to remind everyone of his ideals of equality for all, and government “of the people, by the people, for the people“.  

Please help us get a new Lincoln back up on the pedestal. Every donation is deeply appreciated! Contributions in any amount helps, and donations of $100 or more  receive a Lincoln bobble-head as a thank you gift. Your participation will beautify Wilkinsburg for the next century!

Donations

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  • Donna Price 
    • $35 
    • 26 d
  • Rick Sebak 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Jody Guy 
    • $30 
    • 1 mo
  • Marlene Mariuzza  
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Laraine C Kozlowski  
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer

Anne Elise Morris 
Organizer
Pittsburgh, PA

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