Abe Lincoln says goodbye, ‘American Gothic’ homage says hello to riverfront

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PEORIA, Ill. — The downtown statues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum have officially been swapped out.

The giant Abe Lincoln sculpture standing tall outside the Peoria Riverfront Museum will be replaced by a towering 25-foot-tall bronze “American Gothic” homage was installed Tuesday afternoon. 

Seward Johnson sculpture, “God Bless America,” evokes Grant Wood’s iconic painting of a farmer holding a pitchfork and standing next to his daughter. It was created by Johnson to commemorate Wood’s art and agriculture, themes which the museum will also be celebrating.

The sculpture Lincoln, “Return Visit,” shows the president speaking to a modern-day man holding the Gettysburg Address, arrived in the fall of 2017. 

“God Bless America” is sponsored by the Visionary Society of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 

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