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.
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.