Stone-faced Abe returns to Galesburg

From the Register-Mail:

Local dignitaries unveiled a new statue of President Abraham Lincoln on Labor Day at the Amtrak Depot.

The 11-foot-tall monument will stand as testimony to the links between Galesburg, the railroad and Lincoln, said state Rep. Don Moffitt, R-Gilson.

A group called the Galesburg Veterans Committee privately funded the statue, which shows the nation’s 16th president holding the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln engaged in a famous debate at Knox College with Stephen Douglas in 1858, one of a series of seven debates between the two candidates for the U.S. Senate that centered on slavery.

Poet and author Carl Sandburg, who grew up in Galesburg, wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Lincoln, making another connection between Galesburg and the former president from Illinois.