Family - Lawyer - President

Venture out to Coles County in East Central Illinois to meet a hidden side of Lincoln spanning most of his life:

  • In this countryside he built an adult relationship with his father and step-mother; 
  • Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, represented a slave-owner for the only time in his career;
  • He declared his beliefs on racial inequality and slavery in the fourth Lincoln-Douglas Debate;
  • As President, he was confronted here by Copperheads in the Charleston Riot during the Civil War.

County-wide Activities - April 29-May 1 and Sep. 23-25, 2016