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Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, has been kept largely as it was when he lived there, from 1957 until his death in 1977. Dining room mirrors reflect a stairway to the private quarters. (© Annie Leibovitz / Contact Press Images from the book Pilgrimage, Random House, 2011 © Annie Leibovitz)

Annie Leibovitz's American Pilgrimage

In a new book and exhibition, the esteemed photographer pursues a passion for history and lets us see familiar icons in a fresh light

Grasping Lincoln

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(© Annie Leibovitz / Contact Press Images from the book Pilgrimage, Random House, 2011 © Annie Leibovitz)
While fulfilling his 1914 commission to create the statue for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the sculptor Daniel Chester French made plaster casts of his own hands. He worked often in Stockbridge, Mass., in a studio now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He sculpted several models for the Lincoln statue, which was ultimately hewed from 28 marble blocks.

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