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Lincoln's Butler

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Date: February 13, 2009
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705
Contact: David Blackburn, (978) 970-5055.

Lowell, MA. “Lincoln’s Butler,” a free multi-media presentation by Reverend Sawtelle will take place on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm in the Visitor Center theater at Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market Street, Lowell.  While President Lincoln and General Benjamin Butler were very different in many ways, they came from different parts of the nation and Butler was a Democrat, they both played important roles in the process along with African Americans who fought for their own freedom that led to the end of slavery in the United States. The title of this presentation is drawn from a cartoon by the renowned political cartoonist Thomas Nast, which appeared in the national newspaper ‘Harper’s Weekly’ in the nineteenth century.  A bound collection of these papers has been a Sawtelle family heirloom, and images from them and other historical sources will be an important part of his presentation.     

February 12, 2009 marked the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest and most beloved the presidents of the United States.  February also has been set aside as African American Heritage Month, in part because it marks the birth month of President Lincoln, and also because it is the birth month of such African American historical personages as Frederick Douglass. The event is sponsored by the Afro-American Council of Greater Lowell, Inc; Bethel A.M.E. Church in Lowell; and the Merrimack Valley Branch N.A.A.C.P. Refreshments will be served after the program. 

The program is supported by the Mogan Cultural Center, a program of Lowell National Historical Park.  For more information, please contact David Blackburn at (978) 970-5055. david_blackburn@nps.gov

Did You Know?

Factory Bell, Lowell, MA

The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.