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January 4, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Abraham Lincoln resides in the collective American memory as the “Great Emancipator” for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, and also as the “Great Preserver” of the Union, for his efforts to save America from division between North and South. Since his death, Americans have created a separate yet equally powerful memory of the fallen leader.

Remembering Lincoln features rare objects from The Durham’s Byron Reed Collection to show how this posthumous memory was created following the assassination. Through documents, coins and books of the period, this exhibition shows how remembering and memorializing Lincoln is done in a purposeful way and how it continually preserves the idea of unity in the nation by memorializing the president who fought his whole administration to save it.