How to Cite a Memorial Inscription


President’s Day is nearly here! That means it’s time to pay tribute to past American presidents. First recognized in 1879 in honor of George Washington, this annual holiday marks a perfect moment to reflect on the lives of those who came before us and their contributions to the United States of America.

With President’s Day upon us, there’s no time like the present to learn how to cite a memorial inscription. From the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, there are many famous locations across the country dedicated to the presidents who have served our nation.

Below, we’ve explained how to cite a memorial inscription in MLA, APA, and Chicago style format. For each style, we’ve included a citation for one of the inscriptions on the Lincoln Memorial as an example.

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To cite the Lincoln Memorial inscription or a similar source, you should make note of the following pieces of information:

  1. Name of the author of the inscription
  2. Inscription Title (If any. A description is sometimes also acceptable.)
  3. Title or name of the monument
  4. Date for when the inscription was made/unveiled
  5. Monument location
  6. Date you viewed/accessed the inscription information


Use the following structure to cite one of the Lincoln Memorial inscriptions in MLA format:

Author Last Name, Author First Name. “Inscription Title/Description.” Monument Title, City, State, Year Inscription was Published/Unveiled.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in MLA format:

Cortissoz, Royal. “Epitaph of Lincoln.” The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., 1922.


Use the following structure to cite an inscription on the Lincoln Memorial in APA format:

Author Last Name, Author First Initial. (Year Inscription was Published/Unveiled). Monument Title [Description of what you’re citing]. City, State.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in APA format:

Cortissoz, R. (1922). The Lincoln Memorial [Inscription carving]. Washington, D.C.


Use the following structure to cite an inscription on the Lincoln Memorial in Chicago style:

Author Last Name, Author First Name. Inscription Title/Description, Year Inscription was Published/Unveiled. Medium. Monument Title, City, State. Date you viewed the memorial.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in Chicago style:

Cortissoz, Royal. Epitaph of Lincoln, 1922. Inscription carving. The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. Viewed December 12, 2018.

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About the Author

Elise Barbeau

Elise Barbeau is the Citation Specialist at Chegg. She has worked in digital marketing, libraries, and publishing. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in History/Art History, and earned her Master’s degree in Public History/Library Science from St. John’s University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and cheering on the Yankees/Islanders/Jets. She lives and works in New York.