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Walk In Lincoln's Steps
President Lincoln visited Richmond on April 4, 1865, as the Civil War was ending. On April 5, the public can take a walking tour on those downtown streets

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Date published: 4/4/2009

As part of the celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, the Valentine Richmond History Center, the National Park Service, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Library of Virginia present a two-day program that will consider the symbolic nature of the occasion that marked both the near end of a bloody armed conflict and the promise of freedom for enslaved African-Americans.

TODAY 2-3 p.m.

"Lincoln, God, and Emancipation: A Promise Fulfilled?" Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St., Richmond, A Lincoln scholar and professor of politics at Washington & Lee University, Dr. Lucas E. Morel, will discuss the origins and implications of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. He is a member of the scholarly advisory committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Complimentary parking. Enter deck on eighth or ninth street between Marshall and Broad; 804/692-3592.

TOMORROW Noon-12:45 p.m.

"Richmond Again Taken: A Sampling of Photographs of Richmond in 1865," Lecture by historian Michael Gorman in the theater of the National Park Service Visitor Center. Exhibit at American Civil War Center, 490 Tredegar St.; 804/780-1865.

1--1:30 p.m.

"And Now the Nightmare is Gone: Abraham Lincoln and the Fall of the Confederacy," American Civil War Center, 490 Tredegar St. Jimmy Price of the Henrico County Department of Historic Preservation and Museum Services and Henrico County educator Jimmy Price will discuss the historical significance of Lincoln's visit to Richmond in April 1865. 804/780-1865

2-5 p.m.

Lincoln walk begins at 17th and Dock streets in Shockoe Bottom. A companion podcast and pdf map of walk are available at richmondhis torycenter.org. This self-guided walking tour of downtown Richmond features stationed interpretation along the route traveled by Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad on their visit to Richmond on April 4, 1865, following the evacuation of Richmond by the Confederate government and its occupation by the Union military. Tour guides provided by the Valentine Richmond History Center and the National Park Service will be stationed along the route. The walk should take approximately 90 minutes. Participants may begin at 17th and Dock and follow the route, or they may join the walk at any point along the way. Maps will be provided for all walkers on the day of the tour, or participants may download the map directly at lincolnwalkrichmond.com. Parking is available on street or in pay lots near the starting point.

5-5:45 p.m.

Lincoln Literary Reading, Patrick Henry's Pub & Grille (upstairs), 2300 E. Broad St. Reading of poems and essays by Virginia contributors of the National League of American Pen Women to "Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage," published the NLAPW. Free to the public; no reservation required. 804/644-4242.


RICHMOND EVENTS MARK LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL

As part of the celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, the Valentine Richmond History Center, the National Park Service, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and the Library of Virginia present a two-day program that will consider the symbolic nature of the occasion that marked both the near end of a bloody armed conflict and the promise of freedom for enslaved African-Americans. TODAY 2-3 p.m.

"Lincoln, God, and Emancipation: A Promise Fulfilled?" Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St., Richmond, A Lincoln scholar and professor of politics at Washington & Lee University, Dr. Lucas E. Morel, will discuss the origins and implications of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. He is a member of the scholarly advisory committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Complimentary parking. Enter deck on eighth or ninth street between Marshall and Broad; 804/692-3592.

TOMORROW Noon-12:45 p.m.

"Richmond Again Taken: A Sampling of Photographs of Richmond in 1865," Lecture by historian Michael Gorman in the theater of the National Park Service Visitor Center. Exhibit at American Civil War Center, 490 Tredegar St.; 804/780-1865.

1--1:30 p.m.

"And Now the Nightmare is Gone: Abraham Lincoln and the Fall of the Confederacy," American Civil War Center, 490 Tredegar St. Jimmy Price of the Henrico County Department of Historic Preservation and Museum Services and Henrico County educator Jimmy Price will discuss the historical significance of Lincoln's visit to Richmond in April 1865. 804/780-1865

2-5 p.m.

Lincoln walk begins at 17th and Dock streets in Shockoe Bottom. A companion podcast and pdf map of walk are available at richmondhistorycenter.org. This self-guided walking tour of downtown Richmond features stationed interpretation along the route traveled by Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad on their visit to Richmond on April 4, 1865, following the evacuation of Richmond by the Confederate government and its occupation by the Union military.

Tour guides provided by the Valentine Richmond History Center and the National Park Service will be stationed along the route.

The walk should take approximately 90 minutes. Participants may begin at 17th and Dock and follow the route, or they may join the walk at any point along the way. Maps will be provided for all walkers on the day of the tour, or participants may download the map directly at lincolnwalkrich mond.com. Parking is available on street or in pay lots near the starting point.

5-5:45 p.m.

Lincoln Literary Reading, Patrick Henry's Pub & Grille (upstairs), 2300 E. Broad Street. Reading of poems and essays by Virginia contributors of the National League of American Pen Women to "Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage," published the NLAPW. Free to the public; no reservation required. 804/644-4242.

CIVIL WAR SAMPLER BUS TOUR: Saturday, April 18, 1-5 p.m., Valentine Richmond History Center, 1015 East Clay St. Reservations required. Information: 804/649-0711; richmondhistorycenter.com.