• Inside the Lincoln Sitting Room

    Lincoln Home

    National Historic Site Illinois

Civil War to Civil Rights

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In 2009, Lincoln Home National Historic Site presented “Emancipation and the Dream of Freedom: From Slavery to White House,” to dramatize the connection between the Civil War and Civil Rights eras. The performers were Fritz Klein as Abraham Lincoln; Jim Lucas, as Martin Luther King, Jr.; Kathryn Harris as Harriet Tubman; and, Michael Crutcher as Frederick Douglass. Kyle Westbrook served as narrator.
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Did You Know?

Photo of President Lincoln with beard

In 1860, eleven-year-old Grace Bedell wrote to Lincoln suggesting he grow a beard to “look a great deal better.” Lincoln met Bedell on his way to Washington, giving her a hearty kiss to thank her for her idea. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois