Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation will be on display at the Rose State College Learning Resources Center between August 23 and October 3, 2011. The exhibit, which re-examines President Lincoln's thoughts about slavery, was set up in six panels that focused on:
•young Lincoln's America,
•the House dividing,
•war for the Union,
•the Emancipation Proclamation,
•the role of black soldiers in the Civil War, and
•the final months of the Civil War and Lincoln's life.
Included in the exhibition are rare documents and the latest research that that will take viewers through Lincoln's journey to Emancipation: he was at first a cautious moderate who was willing to allow slavery to continue if it would help preserve the Union, but when this approach failed, he became determined that freeing the slaves immediately was necessary and thus issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
In conjunction with "Forever Free" exhibit, the Learning Resources Center also will display materials on Abraham Lincoln from the collection.
In the exhibit are photographs of the sanitary fair, an actual raffle ticket and other rarities, as well as pamphlets, sheet music and cartoons depicting public reactions to the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Forever Free exhibit will be on display on the second floor of the Rose State College Learning Resources Centerte Library in the fall of 2011, from August 23 – October 3, 2011.
"Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation" has been organized by the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. This exhibition was made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
One of the last photographs of Abraham Lincoln from life, taken by Alexander Gardner in Spring, 1865. (Huntington Library, San Marino, California)
The exhibition was organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association. “Forever Free” is made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.