• Inside the Lincoln Sitting Room

    Lincoln Home

    National Historic Site Illinois

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  • Lincoln Home Tours During Busy Season

    Please be advised that tours of the Lincoln home fill rapidly during our busy summer season. We suggest that you visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Visitor Center early in the day for your best opportunity to receive a tour of the Lincoln home.

8th Grade Curriculum Education Program

The goal of this curriculum based education program is to illustrate the reality of slavery through firsthand accounts by those who endured it.

Interpreters will present this program using techniques, activities, and materials specially designed to meet the needs of the eighth grade curriculum/standards and organized groups ages 12 to adult, while furthering the mission of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

Slavery began with slave merchants sailing to Africa to buy, trade for and/or kidnap African people for the purpose of being used as slaves in America. The beginning passage from capture and trek to the coastline killed millions of Africans who fought their captors or died during the travel. The middle passage would kill even more Africans crossing the Atlantic Ocean by mistreatment, illness, torture and suicide. Upon arrival in America many more Africans died during docking, in slave pens, illness, and slave auctions. Once in the fields working, many more Africans would die from malnutrition, exhaustion, illness, punishment, attempting escape and some were killed to intimidate slaves and demoralize hope. The only inspiration Africans had was secretly serving their faith/religion and escape. The Underground Railroad was one of the best opportunity for Africans to escape the harsh reality of Slavery.

Jameson Jenkins: Conductor on the Underground Railroad
8th Grade Curriculum Education Program

Did You Know?

Potrait of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass said Lincoln was "the first great man that I talked with in the United States freely, who in no single instance reminded me of the difference between himself and myself, of the difference of color." Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois