Lincoln statue.

Lincoln with Dumb Hat and Nude Boy

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Bennington, Vermont

There are many contenders for the title of Least-Flattering Lincoln Statue, but this might be the winner. It features a 9-ft tall, green-with-age Abe with his stovepipe hat pulled down over his eyebrows, standing rigid as a robot. In front of him kneels a topless woman (Faith) and stands a nude boy (Hope) with Abe's bony hand grasping the kid's head like a cantaloupe.

Vermont sculptor Clyde DuVernet Hunt, who came from a well-connected family, displayed this at the 1939 New York World's Fair. The sculpture was donated to the museum in 1947.

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Lincoln with Dumb Hat and Nude Boy

Bennington Museum

75 Main St., Bennington, VT
In the gated front courtyard of the Bennington Museum, which is on the west edge of town on the south side of Hwy 9/W. Main St. Access to statue is free, but only when the gate is open during museum hours.
Open 10-5. Closed W. Gated after hours. (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
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