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Abraham Lincoln . . . coming soon to Jackson Library

From January 25 through March 5, the University Libraries will play host to a very special exhibit: "Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation." The exhibit, which will fill the Jackson Library Reading Room, explores Lincoln’s gradual transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator."

In conjunction with the exhibit, the University Libraries are bringing several speakers to campus:

Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 pm--Dr. Loren Schweninger, UNCG History Department, "Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the End of Slavery." Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.

Wednesday, January 27 at 3:30 pm--Former Senator George McGovern will sign copies of his 2009 book, Lincoln, and discuss what drew him to the subject. Reception immediately following. Jackson Library Reading Room, UNCG Campus.

Thursday, February 4 at 7:00 pm--Dr. Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina History Department, “The Civil War in Modern Eyes.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.

Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 pm--Dr. Paul Finkelman, Albany School of Law, "Did Abe Lincoln Really Free the Slaves?" Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.

Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 pm--Dr. Heather Williams, UNC Chapel Hill History Department, "Help Me to Find My People: Searching for Family After Slavery Ended." Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG Campus.

Check out for more information about these events and for a list of events hosted by the Greensboro Public Library and the Greensboro Historical Museum. And, to register for the FOL Book Discussion on James McPherson's Lincoln, on Monday, February 22, please visit

The "Forever Free" exhibit was organized by the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in cooperation with the American Library Association, and made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Locally, this project is also made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through the support of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the NC Civil War Roundtable, and the UNCG History Club.