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February 13, 2023
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Pontiac Public Library

211 E Madison St
Pontiac, IL 61764
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"Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality"

Monday, February 13, 2023

Mr. Lincoln provides his own political views on slavery and emancipation and how these gradually shifted over the years. By highlighting his interactions with both free and enslaved blacks, and detailing the relationship between the white and black races in his times, Mr. Lincoln will shed light on the events of his presidency and how those led him to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, to allow blacks to join the armed forces, to give up on the idea of colonizing blacks elsewhere, and to advocate for black suffrage.

This program is most appropriate for adults and older youth/teenagers (recommended for 12 years and older).

Please register at the library circulation desk or call 815-844-7229.

This event is a companion presentation to the Illinois Freedom Project Traveling Exhibit on display at Pontiac Public Library throughout the month of February. More information on that exhibit can be found here.

Mr. Lincoln is portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter who bears a remarkable resemblance to "the Great Emancipator" and who is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times. Mr. Wood has been portraying Mr. Lincoln since the year 2000 and on a professional basis since 2015. He has made over 1600 appearances in 31 states plus Washington DC and 2 foreign countries. Mr. Wood also writes a blog "Loath to Close...Still!" which encourages others to reflect upon and learn from President Lincoln's life and legacy. 

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