12 February 2009

Year Of Lincoln Being Ignored In Southern States?


Apparently so . . .

"Most states in the old Confederacy are decidedly low-key as the nation commemorates the 200-year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, with a handful of museum exhibits and lectures among the modest events marking the occasion in the Deep South."

Story here.

(Sorry to rain on the lovefest.)

**Update: I just received a mail solicitation from Ford's Theatre to become a "charter member" of "The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Campaign." Nothing personal, but I think I'll pass. I will, however, put the three pennies they glued to the solicitation to good use. I'm donating them to the SCV.

6 comments:

Gil said...

The Year of Lincoln is being celebrated in the South about as much as The Year of Davis was in the North.

Lincoln was never President of a country of which the State of Georgia was a part.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Wait, who's Lincoln? Isn't this Stonewall day?

Kevin said...

Actually, if you get beyond the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and check out what is happening in museums and universities there is quite a bit of action in the "Old South" this year. What is interesting is that there are many more events focused on Lincoln compared with the bicentennials of Lee and Davis combined. I blogged about this not too long ago: http://cwmemory.com/2009/01/27/embracing-lincoln-in-the-south/

The author of the article you cite obviously didn't spend any time researching the topic. I am neither jumping for joy over this fact nor am I appalled in any way. It is, however, worth thinking about.

Kevin at Civil War Memory.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Kevin:

I don't know about the rest of the Southern States, but as for Virginia, the Lee bicentennial was much more widely celebrated that Lincoln, at least from what I've seen. There was even official state recognition - not so with Abe.

Regarding Davis, you're right, not much happened there, outside of the SCV's efforts.

Gil said...

Most museums and universities in the South are run by Yankees or scalawags these days. (Alas)

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

"**Update: I just received a mail solicitation from Ford's Theatre to become a "charter member" of "The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Campaign." Nothing personal, but I think I'll pass. I will, however, put the three pennies they glued to the solicitation to good use. I'm donating them to the SCV."

Love it sir! Just perusin' the archives here. (I'm still up because Mom and I are going to wrap my dad's birthday gifts yet tonight. I'm waiting for her to finish with the brisket. We got home a little while ago from a silent auction and pasta dinner fundraiser for our local creation museum, whom my brother-in-law is director at.)
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