Memorial Day Sketchbook

by Susan Abbott

Here's one in memory of my father Sammie Abbott: artist, World War 2 veteran (and "pre-mature anti-fascist"), builder of stone walls, organizer pamphleteer extraordinaire, and ceaseless scourge of city planners. Back in the 1970's I drew this of my dad lecturing three unfortunate Highway Department bureaucrats on why the North Central Freeway (ten lanes of traffic that was to run from the Maryland suburbs through the heart of the nation's capital and under the Lincoln Memorial) should not be built. It wasn't--one of the few urban freeways defeated during the destructive era of "urban renewal". To peace-loving fighters everywhere, thank you.