A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to two county courhouses in the 1st Judicial Circuit on Wednesday, September 5.
Unveiling ceremonies will take place at the following courthouses, and will be open to the public:
- Alexander County Courthouse, 2000 Washington Avenue, Cairo – 11:30 a.m.
Presiding Judge Jeffery Farris
- Pope County Courthouse, 310 East Main, Golconda – 2:00 p.m.
Presiding Judge Joe Leberman
The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Historians consider Hesler’s portrait one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.
The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. Printed on canvas, the image of the beardless Lincoln is encased in a richly stained wood frame and measures 30-inches wide by 40-inches tall.
The four organizations are partnering with the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS), which owns the glass-plate positives of Hesler’s Lincoln portrait. The ISHS is leading a statewide campaign to place a framed copy in a courthouse in each of Illinois’ 102 counties in commemoration of the state’s bicentennial this year.