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Rolland Center for Lincoln Research debuts abolition exhibit

Rolland Center Abolition Exhibit
ELLA ABBOTT
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WBOI
The Rolland Center for Lincoln Research, located inside the Allen County Public Library main branch, added several items relating to the Abolitionist movement to a case inside of the center ahead of the Juneteeth holiday.

The Rolland Center for Lincoln Research has put together an exhibit on abolition ahead of Juneteenth.

The exhibit highlights the Abolitionist movement through documents and photographs, as well as through two digital displays of the items.

Lincoln Librarian Jessie Cortesi said the themes throughout the Rolland Center continue to be relevant today.

Rolland Center Aboliton Digital
ELLA ABBOTT
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WBOI
One of two digital displays sits down the hall from the Rolland Center in the main branch of the Allen County Public Library. The digital displays offer a further look at the items relating to abolition in the Lincoln Collection.

“I always say that the Civil War is still with us in the kinds of social and political issues we see today," she said. "And I think this case is some very important background into where some of those issues arise.”

The case includes documents such as an original copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and the emancipation proclamation, as well as photographs of well-known abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth.

The Rolland Center is located inside the main branch of the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. The exhibit will be on display for about a month, but all the items are available to see in a digital format on the Lincoln Collection website.