147 Years Ago Today

Today is the 147th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Earlier this year I explored the connection between my Rambo family and the Lincoln family. Today I’m not looking at Lincoln directly but, rather, at a few photos related to him.

The first and last shots above are from the collection of my¬†grandmother, Dot Holcomb Scoggins. Taken in 1951 during a family road trip, it’s interesting to see shots of Washington, D.C. over half a century ago.¬†They were taken from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking across the Reflecting Pool towards the Washington Monument. The first photo also shows my grandfather, Harold Scoggins.

For good measure I have also included one of my own photos from Oct 2011. I visited the National World War II Memorial which stands at the opposite end of the reflecting pool from the Lincoln memorial. This memorial, of course, did not exist in the 1951 photos as it was not constructed until 2004. You can see the Lincoln Memorial in the background on the left hand side of the image. Harold was a Military Policeman in the 66th Infantry Division (also known as the Black Panthers) during the war so this memorial serves in memory of him along with the countless other men who fought in that conflict.

Watch for more old photos as well as more of my own photography in upcoming posts on Jordan’s Journey. As always, you can subscribe via RSS or email.

Leave a Reply