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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ARTIFACTS FROM AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS SOUGHT


The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library will update its popular Illinois Answers the Call: Boys in Blue- Civil War 150th anniversary exhibit in January 2012, and citizens are being asked to come forward with any original items from Illinois African American soldiers that could be loaned for the exhibit.

The Presidential Library is seeking images, letters, diaries, or artifacts pertaining to any African American Civil War soldier or unit from Illinois, particularly the 29th U.S. Colored Infantry, the largest such unit from this state. Those interested in loaning the material should call (217) 524-7219 or (217) 785-7955. These materials will be needed by September 30, 2011 and will be returned by January 15, 2013.

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