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Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument
Monument & 5th Streets Alton, IL 62002

Historic Site Wayside Exhibit

Elijah P. Lovejoy, abolitionist and editor, surrendered his life for free speech, free press, and free men.  As a Presbyterian minister, Lovejoy read the bible, memorized hymns and led a life of Christian morality and conviction.  After college, he ventured west to St. Louis and later bought half interest in the St. Louis Times.  As the paper’s editor, he was concerned with politics and social justice. 

In 1836, following opposition of his anti-slavery views, Lovejoy moved the paper to Alton and called it The Observer.  On Sunday, July 23, Elijah received his first printing press.  Before dawn, it was destroyed and dumped in the river by a group of men from Missouri.  Several of Lovejoy’s printing presses were destroyed by angry mobs.  On the night of November 7, 1837, Lovejoy’s fourth press was destroyed and thrown into the Mississippi River.  That night, Lovejoy was murdered as he stood defending his press.

Today, visitors can pay tribute to this martyr of the abolitionist movement at the Lovejoy Monument in the Alton Cemetery.  One of Lovejoy’s presses, recovered from the river, can also be seen in the lobby of The Telegraph in Alton.  Exhibits dedicated to telling the story of Elijah Lovejoy can also be found at the Alton Museum of History and Art.

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Finding the Biggest Man
126 N. Water Street Decatur, Illinois 62523

Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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First County Courthouse
325 Abe's Way Taylorville, Illinois 62568

Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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First Elective Office
125 S. 4th St Vandalia, Illinois 62471

Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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First Lincoln-Douglas Debate
101 E. Lafayette St. Ottawa, Illinois 61350

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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First Protest Against Slavery
315 W. Gallatin St. Vandalia, Illinois 62471

Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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Friend Vandeveer
222 W. Market St. Taylorville, Illinois 62568

Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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Friends To The End
219 E. Woodlawn St. Clinton, Illinois 61727

Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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Frontier Illinois
Southeast Corner of Front & Payson Quincy, Illinois 62703

Wayside Exhibit

Historical information markers related to Quincy's Lincoln story are located at 18 sites. The Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibits provide details about events, local people, and environment that contributed to Lincoln's Quincy history.

Guide to Lincoln's Quincy:  https://seequincy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/lincoln-in-quincy_web_2016.pdf

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General Benjamin Grierson Mansion
852 East State Street Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

Friends of Lincoln Wayside Exhibit

Civil War hero General Benjamin Grierson once called this large brick house home. In the mid-1850s, while living in Meredosia, Grierson joined the new Republican Party and became friends with one of its leaders, Abraham Lincoln. In 1860 Grierson, an accomplished musician, wrote campaign music for Lincoln’s first presidential campaign. The following year found Grierson answering President Lincoln’s call to service in the Civil War

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