Shelbyville in Shelby County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
“ Let's Debate “ by John McClarey
The positioning and “body language” of the two statues is meant to convey a spirit of friendly debate in a bi-partisan context. The statuary suggests the need that existed then and now to work together in a friendly and civil manner in order to find lasting solutions to common problems. Both Abraham Lincoln and Anthony Thornton exhibited a great magnanimity of spirit during the debate. And the theme of rational political discourse is always timely.
Finally, the dramatic placement of the statuary in front of the Shelby County Courthouse visually links the statues to the surrounding natural environment while at the same time connecting the past of Abraham Lincoln and Anthony Thornton to our on-going present.
Erected 2009 by Shelby County Lincoln Heritage Inc.
Location. 39° 24.409′ N, 88° 47.45′ Touch for map. The marker and statues are at the (South) front entrance to the Shelby County Courthouse in Shelbyville, Illinois. Marker is in this post office area: Shelbyville IL 62565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln - Thornton Debate (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (a few steps from this marker); Freedom Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln-Thornton Debate / Lincoln Circuit (within shouting distance of this marker); First Commercial Pick-up Baler (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony Thornton (within shouting distance of this marker); Traveling the Circuit (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelbyville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 780 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on May 19, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.