McClarey Statue in Springfield, Illinois

This towering bronze image stands across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library. Larger than life-size, it depicts Lincoln facing east, as if towards Washington, bracing himself against the wind and the symbolic dangers ahead.

The title, "A Greater Task," refers to Lincoln's Farewell Address at Springfield, and the burden he assumed as president-elect. The quotation on the base comes from his First Inaugural Address: "Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?"

This work was unveiled on June 29, 2006, by the sculptor, John McClarey of Decatur, Illinois. McClarey has created many of the newer Lincoln statues throughout Illinois.

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