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What was on Display?

Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation Traveling Exhibit
March 7 - April 15, 2011

Forever Free Exhibit

Background Essay

Opening Program & Reception
March 9, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln & Ohio
March 22, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Emancipation Poster Contest for CCAD Students

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February issue of The News


What was on Display?


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The exhibit included the Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation panels and displays from the collections of the State Library of Ohio, Kelton House, Ohioana, Ohio Historical Society, Ohio State University Library, The Ohio State University Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, and local Lincoln historian Philip W. Stichter.

The exhibit featured free audio tours with Guide by Cell.

We were on Good Day Columbus! See the video clips and view other promotional venues on the exhibit Publicity page.

Here is a sample list of items in the exhibit:

Kelton House

  • Lithograph “Funeral Obsequies of the late Pres’t A. Lincoln”

Books from The Ohio State University Rare Books Collection
Examples of items displayed include:

  • Drew, Benjamin: A north-side view of slavery
  • Harris, Alex.– The cause of the war shown
  • Garrison, William Lloyd:Thoughts on African colonization

Bibliography: State Library of Ohio and The Ohio State University Library - Rare Books on Display


The Ohio State University Historic Textiles and Costumes
Examples of items displayed include:

  • Men’s wedding suit
  • Women’s work dress
  • Spoon bonnet
  • Slippers

Ohio Historical Society
Examples of items displayed include:

  • Presidential campaign tickets from 1860 and 1864
  • Commemorative medal with relief of Abraham Lincoln, 1865
  • The Ohio Historical Society had curators at the Opening Program with the *Regimental Colors of the 5th United States Colored Troops, initially organized as the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Catalog Number H 85929

    It is a machine sewn, silk flag with painted decoration on both sides.

    The 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry was the first African-American regiment recruited in Ohio. They were organized at Camp Delaware from August to November 1863.  The unit formed slowly until the War Department issues and official order seeking African American recruits.  The regiment was redesignated the 5th United States Colored Troops.  They fought with bravery and distinction in North Carolina and Virginia.  In the fighting at Chafin's Farm, Virginia, September 29, 1864, 85 members of the regiment were killed and 248 wounded.

    *The flag was at the State Library only for the night of the exhibit opening. 

Delaware County Library

  • Lego Lincoln Portrait
  • Stovetop replica hat
  • Life sized Lincoln cutout

Private Collection of Philip W. Stichter
Examples of items displayed include:

  • Copy from scan of former State Librarian Coggeshall to Aid de Camp to the Commander in Chief with rank of Colonel on April 23, 1861signed by Ohio Governor Denison The certificate is signed by Dennison as well as the Secretary of State Addison P. Russell and Adjutant General H. B. Carrington.
  • Framed newspaper page of article in the Ohio State Journal following Lincoln’s death

K-2 Students from St. Joseph Montesorri School visited the exhibit on March 14, 2011. They sang a rap/song about Lincoln on Good Day Columbus, toured the exhibit and met Abraham Lincoln (Robert Brugler). They sent back squares of paper with writings & drawings about what they learned at the exhibit. Click on image to view larger picture.