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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Looking for Lincoln in Manchester

Manchester, England, that is. Which is not to be confused with Manchester, Vermont, where Robert Todd Lincoln's Hildene is located.

The bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln in Manchester is to be restored in honor of the 200th anniversary of the U.K.'s Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807.

A BRONZE statue of Abraham Lincoln in Manchester city centre will be cleaned up to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. The statue of Abraham Lincoln in Brazennose Street has suffered from the ravages of pollution and the weather, leaving it almost impossible to read the words on its plaque. (Lincoln statue message to be made clearer.)

Reading the comments to the article, I was dismayed, but not surprised, at some of the attitudes. Well, except for David Early's comment. I get his newsletter, which I can't seem to find a link for at the moment.

I can't tell if Manchester's Abe is looking perturbed, or just humble. In any event, it's good to know he's being taken care of.

Posted by Marie at March 31, 2007 10:58 PM


Yeah, some of those comments are brazenly insensitive to the history of the issue; not to mention ignorant. Colonialism: the gift the keeps on giving.

Posted by: Dan at April 1, 2007 12:48 PM

Manchester Abe's got himself some man hands!

Charles Taft, the statue's benefactor was half-brother to President William Howard Taft.

Posted by: Joe at April 3, 2007 7:40 PM