FAMOUS LINCOLN PORTRAIT TO ARRIVE AT JOHNSON, MASSAC, PULASKI, AND UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSES

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A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to four county courhouses in the 1st Judicial Circuit on Thursday, September 13.

 

Unveiling ceremonies will take place at the following courthouses, and will be open to the public:

 

  • Union County Courthouse, 309 W. Market St., Jonesboro – 8:30 a.m.
    Presiding Judge Mark Boie

 

  • Pulaski County Courthouse, 500 Illinois Ave., Mound City – 10:30 a.m.
    Presiding Judge William Thurston

 

  • Johnson County Courthouse, 401 Court St., Vienna – 1 p.m.
    Presiding Judge James R. Williamson
  • Massac County Courthouse, 1 Superman Square, Metropolis – 3 p.m.
    Presiding Judge James R. Williamson

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.

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