On July 4, 2010, the United States of America celebrated the 234th anniversary of the Continental Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout the nation’s history, many notable politicians have worked diligently to maintain our independence and keep the peace. One of our most well-known presidents, Abraham Lincoln, spent much of his presidency trying to unite a divided nation. While dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Lincoln stated:
these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
The traveling exhibit “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation”, reexamines President Lincoln’s efforts toward the abolition of slavery during the Civil War, and will be available for viewing at the Henderson County (NC) Public Library beginning July 8. Celebrate the month of our nation’s independence with a visit to this compelling exhibit.
Henderson County Public Library has organized a number of programs that correlate with the traveling exhibit, beginning with an opening night reception and Civil War Soldier show and tell on Thursday, July 8. Other events include a DVD presentation on Lincoln in film as well as a number of movies about Lincoln shown at the library; a dulcimer player performing Civil War–era songs, and a local author and historian speaking about slavery in western North Carolina. The exhibit will remain open to the public until August 20.