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The Great Emancipator -Abraham Lincoln
The l6th President of the United States
Born 2-12-1809 HIS BIRTHDAY IS TODAY
He issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all slaves in the southern states.
He presented the Proclamation at his 2nd Inaugural Address on March 4, 1865 on the Capitol Grounds
This is part of that proclamation.

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the night, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish, a just and lasting peace, among ourselves , and with all nations".

This is part of a sculpture found at the railroad station in Springfield, Illinois.

Oh, if we could live following these words today.

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Feb 11 2013 23:38 GMT Petermosull
Great image Barb, I love the way you have zoned in on the detail. Such great words from such a great man and I agree so much with your sentiment - if only society could embrace and live by this simple mantra what a wonderul world we all be living in.
Feb 12 2013 00:53 GMT will
thank.you,barb...perfect..
Feb 12 2013 01:46 GMT julie13
Brilliant work :)
Feb 12 2013 02:52 GMT pauli3522
what a great detail...i will go to watch the movie tomorrow about linconl...i admire abraham linconl for fighting against the slave........
Feb 12 2013 08:52 GMT sheasoru68
You got a really nice close up detail and lovely light on this Barb,...
The words and proclamation is an Historical gem,...which amazingly some people still cannot grasp,.....but fortunately the majority do.
Feb 12 2013 08:57 GMT bandsix
Very potent stuff.....what wouldn't we all give to live in a free, safe world.....
Feb 12 2013 09:06 GMT hallo
A great man for what he did, maybe we'll get one day someone like him to help this troubled World..
Feb 12 2013 10:47 GMT clintonfolks
great shot barb..
Feb 12 2013 15:14 GMT hans55 PRO
fantastic detail !!
Feb 12 2013 15:37 GMT wijnie58
Excellent work, Barbara...:-))
Feb 12 2013 21:07 GMT gtc126
Thanks for Sharing!!!! This is Amazing piece of History of the USA!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday Abe!!!!
Feb 12 2013 22:36 GMT ForestSpirit
You Americans can be so proud of this great man and what he did to free the slaves.
Thanks for sharing this great photo!
Feb 13 2013 18:58 GMT senna3
Wonderful and historic image!
Feb 14 2013 20:46 GMT abojovna PRO
Amin!

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