Freehold, New Jersey: Bread Dough Lincoln

Odd bust of Abe Lincoln, sculpted in the early 1960s by Maurice Podell, who was known to sometimes model his sculptures with bread dough instead of clay.

Address:
71 Monument St., Freehold, NJ
Directions:
In front of the flagpole in front of the Freehold County Courthouse, which is at the intersection of Monument and Court Sts. Behind the towering Monmouth Battle Monument.
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Abraham Lincoln Malice Toward None

A bust of Abraham Lincoln is outside the Monmouth County Court House. "With Malice Toward None With Charity For All" was a gift of Maurice Podell, the sculptor, on February 12, 1963.

[Marc A Leckstein, 07/22/2021]

The bust initially caused some controversy, not because it's a weird-looking Lincoln, but because it was placed next to a monument commemorating the Revolutionary War instead of the Civil War. Maurice Podell was known to sometimes model his sculptures with bread dough instead of clay; this Lincoln may be an example of that.

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