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The Gettysburg Address: Giant City Beta Club


Four Score and Seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...

Photograph of President Lincoln (highlighted in sepia) at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863.

President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address during the Civil War on November 19, 1863.   This week Ken Burns' new documentary,  The Address, aired nationwide on PBS.   As part of the initiative school children across the country were encouraged to recite President Lincoln's historic speech.

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8th Grade members of the Giant City Grade School Beta Club recite the Gettysburg Address.

Today, that speech lives on through this rendition by the eighth grade members of Giant City School's Beta Club.

8th grade members of the Beta Club at Gaint City Grade School in Carbondale who recited the Gettysburg Address are Valerie Graham, Nathaniel Jackson, Ian Kinsel, Sawyer Latour, Hasan Majid, Michelle Pappoe
Zachary Pereira, Heather Robinson, Clay Sanford, Sean Stuart.  You can watch the video of the Giant City students here.

The Ken Burns documentary The Address airs again Friday on WSIU TV channel 8.2 The World at 6:30 pm and 11:30 pm.


Jeff Williams is the Associate Director for Radio and Station Manager for WSIU Radio. Jeff is a native of southern Illinois and has been in broadcasting for 30 years. After graduating with a degree in Radio-Television from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he worked in radio and television news in Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. before returning to WSIU Radio in 1997, as Morning Edition anchor/reporter. Jeff served as News Director from 2001 to 2015. He assumed Station Manager duties in 2004. WSIU is operated by Southern Illinois University Carbondale. It signed on the air in September 1958.
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