Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
— Louisville, Kentucky —
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Abraham Lincoln, his hand and pen He will be good but God knows when. Abraham Lincoln, ca. 1826-26
Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809, near Hodgenville, Kentucky. The Commonwealth of Kentucky dedicates this memorial to its native son and the 16th president of the United States in the bicentennial year of his birth.
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If we have no friends, we have no pleasure. Abraham Lincoln, 1842
Born on the Kentucky frontier, Abraham Lincoln rose to prominence surrounded by Kentuckians. Even after moving to Illinois, Lincoln turned to them again and again for friendship, guidance, and support. He courted and married Mary Todd, a Lexington native.
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… that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863
When Civil War came in 1861, President Lincoln’s own family became a house divided, as many of Mary Todd’s relatives supported the Confederacy. Sharing in the wounds of the nation, Abraham Lincoln anticipated
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In 1841, you and I had together a tedious low-water trip, on a Steam Boat from Louisville to St. Louis. You may remember as I well do that from Louisville to the mouth of the Ohio there were, on board, ten or a dozen slaves, shackled together with irons. That sight was a continual torment to me, and I see something like it every time I touch the Ohio, or any other slave border.
Abraham Lincoln to Joshua Speed, 1855
On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation
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A house divided against itself cannot stand
With malice toward none, with charity for all.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master
Location. 38° 15.724′ N, 85° 44.38′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of East River Road and E Witherspoon Street, on the right when traveling east on East River Road. Located in Louisville Waterfront Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln’s Ties To Kentucky (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Duty Honor Country Thomas Edison Butchertown House (approx. half a mile away); Hannah Toliver (approx. half a mile away in Indiana); St. John’s Evanglical Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away in Indiana); Birth of Truth In Advertising (approx. ¾ mile away); The Heigold Facade (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
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