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Ekstrom Library to host exhibit on Lincoln, Civil War, Constitution

by Janene Zaccone, communications and marketing last modified Feb 27, 2012 01:42 PM

Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was one of the most pivotal of the 19th century and his actions to preserve the Union changed both the United States and the U.S. Constitution—the document he pledged to “preserve, protect and defend.”

The University of Louisville Ekstrom Library will host the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” March 4–April 8. Exhibit hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-midnight.

The exhibit examines how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

Harry Pickens, jazz pianist, and sculptor Ed Hamilton will give a public talk, “Lincoln and the Arts,” to open the exhibit Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium. Admission to the talk and to the exhibit is free.

UofL faculty members Glenn Crothers, Thomas Mackey and Daniel Vivian will have a panel discussion March 8 on the exhibit’s themes. Their presentation is part of the March 8-9 UofL-cosponsored and hosted conference “Victory Achieved—Freedom Denied: From Civil War to Reconstruction in Kentucky.”

The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition. It is based on a National Constitution Center exhibit of the same name and funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. UofL sponsors are the University of Louisville Libraries and the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality.

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