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11-28-11 Abraham Lincoln Exhibit at Oakwood University
Will be on display November 21 – December 19, 2011
Huntsville, Ala. — On November 21, "Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times," a traveling exhibit presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History opened, and will be featured at the Eva B. Dykes Library on the Oakwood University (OU) campus. The exhibit invites visitors to look beyond the myth and see the real person. By presenting Lincoln’s own words in speeches, letters, and proclamations, the institute encourages a deeper understanding of the 16th president’s life, accomplishments, and legacy. This traveling exhibit will be on display at the Dykes Library until December 19. Lincoln’s life and presidency continue to teach lessons of simplicity, courage, integrity and unity. These qualities are celebrated as enduring values as we examine Lincoln’s life and legacy through this exhibit. The public is invited and admission is free.
"This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War," says OU librarian Paulette Johnson, "a war fought in part to end slavery. Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation signaled a significant turning point in the Civil War, by declaring blacks in the Confederate States free (slavery had essentially ended in the states of the Union). These former slaves were then able to fight for the freedom of their brothers and sisters. It’s an occasion worth commemorating, especially on the campus of OU, one of Historically Black Schools, Colleges, and Universities that was formerly a slave plantation, and home to Dred Scott, 1811-1821.
"Interestingly, one of the catalysts for the Civil War was the Dred Scott Decision in 1857. Dred Scott, a slave who at one time lived on the property that is now Oakwood University, petitioned the Supreme Court for his freedom. This request was denied on the grounds that he was a slave, and not entitled to the rights (for example, the right to sue in federal courts) of an American citizen. This decision resulted in increased abolitionists’ efforts and escalated anti-slavery sentiments, which eventually led to the Civil War."
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization supporting the study and love of American history through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation.
Contact: Tim Allston
Director of Public Relations
Direct Line: (256) 726-8103