Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln, and we do well to be proud of it.
It was here that Lincoln spent his adult years. It was in Metamora, Illinois, that Abraham Lincoln practiced law. And it was in Peoria, Illinois, that he debated Stephen Douglas, with the beautiful and heartfelt words condemning slavery: "Little by little, but steadily as man's march to the grave, we have been giving up the old for the new faith. Nearly eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for some men to enslave others is a 'sacred right of self-government.' These principles cannot stand together. They are as opposite as God and Mammon; and whoever holds to the one must despise the other."
Now Abraham Lincoln has returned to Peoria in the form of a nineteen ton bronze sculpture. He is shown with the sculpture of a modern man, holding the Gettysburg address.
Tomorrow afternoon, Residents will be taking a drive to the Riverfront Museum in Peoria to admire the statue. Along the way, we'll discuss the history of Abraham Lincoln's Illinois appearances and whatever else we can remember about the great president.
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