Abraham Lincoln Statue
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Albywon
Sydney, Australia13,641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Great statue. Detailed plaques front and back tell the background and quote an address by the people of Manchester on 30th December 1862 to President Lincoln. The Manchester people suffered during this time, The Lancashire Cotton Famine 1861-1865, due to support of the President's anti-slavery stance. Bravo!
Written April 15, 2024
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Forager
King's Lynn, UK4,330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
The Manchester statue of President Lincoln in Platt Fields was originally in front of, and close to, Platt Hall on a monumental dias which incorporated stone seating.
It was deemed prudent to move it in the 1980s.

When in Platt Fields the President Lincoln statue was famously seen daily by thousands of commuters travelling along Wilmslow Road (A34) into the City centre.

President Lincoln was also visited because his statue stood in front of Platt Hall, then the Gallery of English Costume.
Thousands used to visit Platt Fields parkland and gardens because it was the venue for very large and popular events.

Now President Lincoln is in a more obscure, but safer location, in a cul-de-sac, surrounded by undistinguished functional office blocks, viewed by relatively few, not even on a thoroughfare, but, thankfully, rescued.

The corruption, changing Lincoln's text to "people", in the inscription, of Lincoln's original letter to Manchester by revisionist council apparatchiks, remains an affront, a disgraceful insult to the US people and Manchester workers of that period. Re-writing history follows a Stalinist doxy.

President Abraham Lincoln of the USA belongs in a more prominent location.
A forgotten John Bright already stands on high in Albert Square.
It would be a fitting site for the great symbolic American and real abolitionist of US slavery, not a back street off Deansgate.

Manchester workers suffered hugely as a result of the political alignment with the North in the US civil war.
Written April 1, 2012
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seagullrob
Scarborough, Australia5,927 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Not quite the statue one would expect to find in the English city of Manchester, but there you go.
It was on the map of the do-it-yourself walking tour, so it must be important.
Actually, I gather it's something along the lines of Manchester supporting his stance on anti-slavery, despite it's dependence on cotton.
BTW, he's not wearing his top hat.
Written June 17, 2017
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Neil B
Stockport, UK118 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
Nobody really wanted this 1917 statue (one nickname was the stomach-ache statue because of the position of the hands). It was originally destined for London, where it was rejected and replaced with a 'better' one which is in Parliament Square.

The statue was also rejected by Norwich and Liverpool (and possibly elsewhere), finally ended up in Manchester and after some deliberation was eventually dumped in Platt Fields park.

When it was moved to its current location in the 1980s the wording on the plinth was amended to be more PC:
"To the working men of Manchester ..." became
"To the working people of Manchester ...".

This pathetic PC meddling with Lincoln's words devalue the statue as if it's backwater location wasn't bad enough.

Don't rush to see it!
Written April 25, 2016
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Colin K
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
The statue is to commemorate President Lincoln's support of the working people of manchester who suffered unemployment due to a trade embargo on Southern US cotton during the American Civil War. The writing on the plinth is hard to read, but there's an excert from a letter Lincoln wrote to the working people on Manchester, whih I copied below:

EXTRACT OF THE PRESIDENT'S LETTER IN RESPONSE TO THE WORKING PEOPLE OF MANCHESTER, 19 JANUARY, 1863
"...I know and deeply deplore the sufferings which the working people of Manchester and in all Europe are called to endure in this crisis. It has been often and studiously represented that the attempt to overthrow this Government which was built on the foundation of human rights, and to substitute for it one which should rest exclusively on the basis of slavery, was likely to obtain the favour of Europe.

Through the action of disloyal citizens, the working people of Europe have been subjected to a severe trial for the purpose of forcing their sanction to that attempt. Under the circumstances I cannot but regard your decisive utterances on the question as an instance of sublime Christian heroism which has not been surpassed in any age or in any country. It is indeed an energetic and re-inspiring assurance of the inherent truth and of the ultimate and universal triumph of justice, humanity and freedom.

I hail this interchange of sentiments, therefore, as an augury that, whatever else may happen, whatever misfortune may befall your country or my own, the peace and friendship which now exists between the two nations will be, as it shall be my desire to make them, perpetual."

Abraham Lincoln January 19, 1863.
Written August 31, 2013
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Glenn W
Burntwood, UK810 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Was initially surprised by this but after reading the info it all made sense. This is well worth seeing and is actually a very very good statue
Written April 19, 2017
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Markdowd
Madrid, Spain30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
Whoever designed this needs to have serious think. The location is fine, if a little hard to find and the figure itself passes as a good likeness for AL, BUT, as others have also said, the writing is impossible to read! The central message about the support for the cotton industry in Manchester against slavery is the KEY element of this monument and they chose a pale gold embossed design on a bronze background. If the writing had been white or black it would have been legible.

Complete mess up I am afraid.
Written August 3, 2014
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Alan Foster
Wigan78 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Solo
The statue was erected to commemorate President Lincoln's support of the working people of Manchester who suffered to a trade embargo on Southern US cotton during the American Civil War. The writing on the plinth is almost impossible to read, which is a pity. The statue is not in the main area of Manchester but hidden away in what can only be described as a run down street.
Written November 3, 2013
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David
Madrid, Spain4,087 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This statue sculpted after the IWW by George Gray Bernard was a gift to the people of Manchester for the financial support offered to Lilcoln in the US Civil Ward and his fight to abolish slavery, as well as a reminder of the historic link between the US Civil War and Victorian Manchester. The square is currently under construction and the statue has been temporarily moved to another location.

It is not one of the main attractions and it is also somewhat hidden so if you do not have much time, you can do without this visit.
Written August 3, 2020
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK6,160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Stumbled across this whilst “out & about” in Manchester.
I had no idea of Abraham Lincoln’s connection with Manchester. Well worth stopping to have a look & learn a little more about Manchester’s history.
Written December 3, 2018
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