The New $5 Note

The reverse of the new $5 will highlight the historic events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial and will include images of Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. The front of the new $5 will retain President Lincoln’s portrait.

The Story of the New $5 – Historic Events at the Lincoln Memorial

In the Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln called for a “new birth of freedom,” urging Americans to do their part to complete, the “unfinished work” ahead.

The Lincoln Memorial has long served as a place where people gathered to complete that unfinished work.

In 1939—at a time when concert halls were still segregated—world renowned Opera singer Marian Anderson helped advance civil rights when, with the support of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, she performed at the Lincoln Memorial in front of 75,000 people.

And in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the same monument in front of hundreds of thousands.

View of the huge crowd from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, during the March on Washington. Photographer: Warren K. Leffler. Photo Credit: Library of Congress
View of the huge crowd from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, during the March on Washington. Photographer: Warren K. Leffler. Photo Credit: Library of Congress
 
Civil rights march on Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28m 1963. Photograph by Warren K/ Leffler. Photo Credit: Library of Congress.
Civil rights march on Washington, DC, on Aug. 28, 1963. Photograph by Warren K. Leffler. Photo Credit: Library of Congress.
 
Civil rights march on Washington, DC on Aug. 28 1963
Civil rights march on Washington, DC on Aug. 28, 1963. Photograph by Warren K. Leffler. Photo Credit: Library of Congress.
 

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson with Lincoln Memorial statue: film negative and paper print, 1952.
Marian Anderson with Lincoln Memorial statue: film negative and paper print, 1952. Photograph by Robert S. Scurlock (1917 – 1994) Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)

 

 

Eleanor Roosevelt

Photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt c. 1950. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt c. 1950. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking. Paper photoprint, n.d. Photograph Scurlock Studios.
 

Lincoln Memorial

Abraham Lincoln statue at Lincoln Memorial
Abraham Lincoln statue at Lincoln Memorial; Photographer: Carol Highsmith; Library of Congress collection

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, was dedicated on May 30, 1922, honoring the 16th President of the United States: "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States sits immortalized in marble as an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom. Learn more here: http://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm