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Educational series on Abraham Lincoln, KY African Americans and the Constitution opens Feb. 12-14 at Centre College

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

Programs supported by the KY Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The first in a series of four symposia highlighting Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky African Americans and the Constitution will get underway February 12 at Centre College in Danville, the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth.  Continuing through February 14, Abraham Lincoln – America’s Agent of Change will explore the social and political impact of Lincoln’s policies.

The educational series is 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 the 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.

"Our goal is to explore the multifaceted legacy of Abraham Lincoln on the issues of race, slavery and freedom, particularly as it relates to Kentucky African Americans.  Through the symposia we hope to stimulate an ongoing statewide conversation, not only about Lincoln and the past but also about how his legacy lives on in the present," said Dr. Hudson.

Registration for Abraham Lincoln – America’s Agent of Change is $25 prior to February 9 or $35 after that date.  Students may attend free, excluding meals.  To register, contact Tressa Brown at the Kentucky Heritage Council,, 502-564-7005, ext. 125, or visit  A complete agenda is available on the Heritage Council Web site at

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 and the Constitution, June 12-13, Russell Theatre, Maysville

Kentucky, Emancipation 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 1/22/2009