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Explore the pages on this part of our site to learn even more about the trial and the topics involved in it.

The Matson Slave Trial is:
  • one of the top five trials in Coles County,
  • one of the ten most important cases in which Abraham Lincoln participated,
  • a turning point for the local free black community at Brushy Fork.

There is additional information on our main website:
This is a story of bittersweet daring and historical mystery, involving one of the most divisive issues of our country’s early history, slavery. It reveals hidden parts of our local history, affirms our faith in our legal system, raises questions about our moral bearing and actions, and reflects how we remember or mythologize our heroes.
 
 
 
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