Knox unveils Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibit

Knox dedicates its new Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibit.

Excerpt from the Register-Mail:

If you’re looking for Abraham Lincoln, head to Knox College.

A permanent outdoor exhibit unveiled Wednesday on the college campus as part of the statewide Looking for Lincoln program commemorates Old Main as the last remaining site of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates and links Galesburg to other Illinois cities with Lincoln connections.

The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition selects sites and cities where Lincoln worked, spoke or traveled for inclusion in the program, then helps design exhibits to foster knowledge about Lincoln throughout the state.

Excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star:

The marker, which is one of about 45 in Illinois, is sponsored by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. The group selects Lincoln-related sites such as Old Main and commemorates their historic significance with the markers.

The fifth of seven debates between Lincoln and Douglas was held in 1858 at Old Main, just one year after the building was completed, according to the college.

The marker lists the topics of the three-hour debate, including equal rights for slaves and the expansion of slavery in the west.

“As far as Abraham Lincoln was concerned, African-Americans were included in the ‘All men’ Thomas Jefferson was referring to in the Declaration of Independence,” said Rodney David, professor and co-director of the Knox Lincoln Studies Center.

The marker also features a map of what Galesburg and the college looked like in 1858.

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