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Maya Lin - Women’s History Month

Maya Lin

Photo of Maya Lin, 1988 by Michael Katakis from the National Portrait Gallery.

March is Women’s History Month. Today we recognize Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

From the Library of Congress:

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, originally designed as a student project by Maya Lin at Yale University’s School of Architecture in 1981, has become a profound symbol that has served to unify and reconcile a nation sorely divided by a foreign entanglement. Lin envisioned a black granite wall, in the shape of a V, on which the names of the American military dead and missing would be inscribed. The architect hoped that “these names, seemingly infinite in number, [would] convey the sense of overwhelming numbers, while unifying these individuals into a whole.”