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Online registration continues for Abraham Lincoln, America’s Agent of Change Feb. 12-14 at Centre College

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 05, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Tours to historic sites, panel discussions and the world premiere of an original play will be featured when Centre College hosts Abraham Lincoln, America’s Agent of Change Feb. 12-14 at Norton Center Weisiger Theatre.  This symposium is the first in a series of four focusing on Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky African Americans and the Constitution.

Abraham Lincoln, America’s Agent of Change will explore the social and political impact of Lincoln’s policies.  Registration is $25 prior to February 9 or $35 after that date.  Cost of the tours only is $10.  Students may attend free, excluding meals.  For information and online registration, see the Friends of the Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Association Web site,

The public is also invited to a free genealogical workshop, Beginning Your African American Genealogy, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday presented by Deborah Lord Campisano, a professional genealogist and member of the Louisville Genealogical Society.

The symposia are presented through a grant from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and sponsored by the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office, Kentucky Historical Society, Georgetown College Underground Railroad Research Institute, Kentucky State Parks, Centre College, Lincoln Memorial University, the city of Maysville and Friends of the Network to Freedom Association.

Sessions during the Danville symposium will include tours of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Park, the historic African American community of Sleettown, the home of abolitionist James Gillespie Birney and Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park; Chautauqua presentations; panel discussions with noted African American scholars; and the world premiere of Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House, a play by Carlyle Brown commissioned by the University of Louisville African American Theatre Program through a Kentucky African American Heritage Commission Lincoln Preservation Grant.  A keynote presentation February 14 will be given by Dr. J. Blaine Hudson, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Chair of Pan African Studies at UofL and Chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission.

For additional information contact Tressa Brown at the Kentucky Heritage Council,, or 502-564-7005, ext. 125.

Other symposia in the series will be:

The Lincolns, Slavery and Opening of the West, April 17-18, Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville

Kentucky, African Americans and the Constitution, June 12-13, Opera House Theatre, Maysville

Kentucky, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War, September 17-18, Western Kentucky (location TBD)

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.


Last Updated 2/5/2009