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Lincoln Tomb distributes new education cards during Black History Month

Black Leaders that appear on the education cards.
State of Illinois, Illinois Office of Communication and Information (IOCI)

Every guest who visits the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site during Black History Month will receive a set of four new history education cards featuring Black leaders who are interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.

The cards display an image, gravesite location and inspiring summary of the Black leaders for everyone to learn from and celebrate. The highlighted leaders are Lewis Martin who escaped slavery and enlisted in the Union Army. Eva Carroll Monroe dedicated her life to helping Black children. Anderson Holman created affordable housing at a time when many people faced discrimination.  Charles Lockhart was a leader in fire safety for more than 35 years.

The Lincoln Tomb, the final resting place of Abraham and Mary Lincoln and three of their four sons, is open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

History cards will be available for free at the Lincoln Tomb to all guests until Feb. 28. Families, schools, and organizations unable to visit the site may request sets of education cards by e-mailing DNR.HistoricSpringfield@illinois.gov.

Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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