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Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

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Location: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, University Library
  • Open to the Public

The exhibition is composed of digitally reproduced images of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural address, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment, as well as significant images and portraits from the Civil War period. It encourages audiences to focus on President Lincoln and the complex constitutional issues he faced during this pivotal time in American history, specifically secession, slavery and civil rights. The exhibition is open daily during the library's operating hours.

The grand opening celebration will take place on Tuesday, September 23, at 4:30 p.m., in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, featuring the Honorable Frank J. Williams who will deliver a lecture titled, "Justice: Comparing President Abraham Lncoln and Chief Justice Roger B. Taney." The RWU Chorus will perform songs from the Civil War era. A reception will follow.

In addition to this special library exhibit, Roger Williams University will present a number of events — from faculty lectures to performing arts productions to a student project showcase — focusing on Lincoln and the Civil War between September 23 to October 31. Check the PDQ calendar for a schedule of events.

The exhibition is sponsored by the American Library Association in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities and based on the original exhibition developed by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. For more information, please visit http://library.rwu.edu/lib/events/lincoln-traveling-exhibit/.