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Maya Lin
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Architect
    (October 10, 1959- )
    Designed the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. (November 11, 1982)
    Designed the Civil Rights Monument in Montgomery, Alabama (1989)
    Designed the 'Women's Table' at Yale University (1993)
    Subject of the Academy Award winning documentary 'Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision'
    Wrote 'Boundaries (2000)'
    Her monument designs created heated controversy.
    Some angry Vietnam vets protested her design as not being heroic or paying tribute to dead soldiers.
    One Vietnam vet called her monument a 'black gash of shame.'
    Secretary of the Interior James Watt threatened to veto her Vietnam Memorial design.
    She upset some southerners by creating the Civil Rights Monument.
    Her memorials have been vandalized.
    Her Vietnam War Memorial pays tribute to thousands of soldiers who died in the Vietnam War.
    The Vietnam War Memorial has become the United States' most visited monument, averaging 10,000 visits per day.
    At the age of 21, she beat out over 1,400 other artists to design the Vietnam War Memorial.
    Her Civil Rights Monument pays tribute to 40 individuals who died during the Civil Rights Movement.
    She is considered to be innovative and has successfully combined architecture and sculpture elements into art.
    She graduated Yale University.

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