Abraham Lincoln exhibit opens at library Monday

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

An exhibit entitled “Abraham Lincoln” will be on display and open to the public at the Chillicothe Public Library Monday through Nov. 12.  

The exhibit will primarily focus on Lincoln’s younger life leading up to his election, but will also feature information and displays on his presidency and his assassination.

Included with the exhibit will be a special program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday titled, “Abraham Lincoln’s First Freed Slave: A Review of Bailey v. Cromwell, Illinois Supreme Court, 1841.”

It centers around the story of a slave named Nance Legins Costley, who lived c. 1813-1873.  

She tried multiple times to win her freedom in court, and she finally obtained her liberty (and that of her children) in 1841, defended during the legal proceedings by then-lawyer Abraham Lincoln.

She became the first slave legally freed by the future president.  

Registrants will be entered into a raffle for Lincoln-related prizes.  

Drawings will take place throughout the week prior to the event (so those registering earlier will have more chances to win).

Winners (who must be present to claim prize) will be announced at the event Tuesday.

The special guest speaker will be Carl Adams.  

Adams has more than 25 years of experience lecturing and teaching, and he has produced a number of public radio documentaries.

A military training officer for 15 years, he wrote several Battle Analyses for the Army Officer Advance School. Adams received the Dr. R.B. Garrett Humanitarian Award for Historical Research for tracing the genealogy of Nance Legins-Costley, Lincoln’s first freed slave.

Adams has an MA in Military Science, and his interests include military history, Lincoln studies, civil rights history, genealogy, and journalism.

Seating for this program will be limited so guests are encouraged to sign up quickly.

For more information contact Catherine Barnett at 274-2719.

The public can register for this program by calling the Chillicothe Public Library at 274-2719.