The has announced an $18.5 million gift from businessman and philanthropist to help restore the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Made as part of the , the gift will enable the to clean and repair damaged brick and marble masonry at the memorial; conserve the Jules Guérin murals located above the memorial's inscriptions; create 15,000 square feet of functional space for exhibits, education programming, and research; and add an elevator to improve accessibility. In addition, a special project will provide future visitors with a glimpse of the memorial’s foundational pillars, which anchor it to the bedrock below, and of the graffiti left by workers who built the monument in the early twentieth century.
Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of the and an inaugural signatory of the , has provided significant support for several U.S. national parks and monuments, including $7.5 million in 2012 to restore the Washington Monument; $12.35 million in 2014 to restore Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial; and $5.37 million in 2015 to refurbish the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.
"Mr. Rubenstein's gift will better allow the Lincoln Memorial to stand the test of time, providing current and future generations the opportunity to connect more deeply with the values our sixteenth president held dear, and inspire dialogue to help us learn from one another," said NPF president Will Shafroth. "Mr. Rubenstein's continued support of national parks truly embodies the legacy of private citizens who originally protected the places that they loved. Preserving treasured places and saving history, his actions serve as a guiding light inspiring others to do the same as we move into the next century."