ALPM exhibit focuses on Lincoln’s relationships with Jewish population
A groundbreaking exhibit on Abraham Lincoln’s relationships with the small but growing Jewish population of Civil War-era America opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield on Aug. 3.
“With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews” examines Lincoln’s role in paving the way for acceptance and inclusion of Jews in America. It also tells the story of how a number of Jews, as a group and as individuals, affected Lincoln deeply and became his neighbors, friends, colleagues and allies.
The exhibit gathers Lincoln documents, photographs, letters, Bibles and other artifacts from many different sources. The Shapell Manuscript Foundation, the Chicago Historical Society, Brown University, the Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Lincoln Presidential Library all contributed. Some items have never been exhibited publicly until now.
The exhibit runs through Nov. 15.