Galesburg in Knox County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Erected 1958 by Illinois State Historical Society and the Debate Centennial Commission of Galesburg.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
Location. 40° 56.62′ N, 90° 22.268′ W. Marker is in Galesburg, Illinois, in Knox County. Marker is on South Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 East South St, Galesburg IL 61401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fifth Debate (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tompkins Street (about 600 feet away); Original Site of Galesburg Sr. High School Galesburg, Illinois (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); West Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Orpheum Theatre (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ferris Street (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galesburg.
More about this marker. Located on the front lawn of Old Main.
This debate site is the only one of the seven in Illinois at which the original building is still standing. There are additional markers on the Old Main building itself and to the east of the building there is a wayside marker at 350 S. Cherry St. (across from the Old Jail building.) Visitors are encouraged to park nearby (but NOT in the courthouse lot across the street) and visit Old Main. There are additional displays that may be seen inside Old Main during normal business hours.
Regarding Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Bronze tablets by sculptor Avard Fairbank of Lincoln and Douglas flank the east door of Old Main. Because the debate platform blocked the east door, Lincoln and Douglas were forced to climb through the window that is now part of the Knox College president's office. The future President of the United States remarked, "At last I have gone through college."
Also see . . . The Debate at Galesburg, Knox College, October 7 1858. A local Galesburg editor, Jason Sherman, wrote: "The expectations of all parties were far surpassed in the results of Thursday. The crowd was immense notwithstanding the remarkable heavy rains of the day previous, and the sudden change during the night to a fierce blowing, cutting wind, which lasted during the whole day, ripping and tearing banners and sending (Submitted on October 26, 2010.)
Additional keywords. Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2010, by Brent Zhorne of Galesburg, Illinois. This page has been viewed 1,748 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 18, 2010. 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 18, 2010, by Brent Zhorne of Galesburg, Illinois. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.