Excerpt from the Register-Mail:
The 150th anniversary of the famed Lincoln/Douglas Debate at Knox College will be celebrated during 2008. A multitude of â€œStar-Spangledâ€ banners supporting both Abe Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were in evidence before and during the historical debate.
When Lincoln was escorted to the home of former Galesburg Mayor Henry Sanderson, a beautiful banner prepared by the ladies of Galesburg was given to Abe by Miss Ada Hurd with the inscription, â€œPresented to the Hon. A. Lincoln by the Republican Ladies of Galesburg, Oct. 7, 1858.â€ Very descriptive banners were in evidence from supporters from Wataga, Henderson and Monmouth.
The principal banner in behalf of Douglas near the debate stand was a very large blue one with the inscription in favor of Douglas and Popular Sovereignty. Hanging immediately above the speakersâ€™ stand was a prominent banner bearing the inscription, â€œKnox College For Lincoln.â€
Lombard College students gave it to Abraham Lincoln, Abe gave it to a close friend, Mark Delahay of Kansas, and 100 years after the debate the State Historical Society of Kansas gave it on permanent loan to Knox College.