Lincoln and Douglass: Meeting of the Minds

The Indiana State Museum is currently hosting the Library of Congress’ traveling exhibit on Abraham Lincoln With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition as well as their own exhibit, With Charity for All: The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. On Thursday, March 4, 2010, the Indiana State Museum offers a tandem Indianapolis event to these two exhibits: Lincoln and Douglass: Meeting of the Minds. This exciting Indianapolis education event offers a glimpse into one of the most important political friendships in United States history between President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Fredrick Douglass.

Lincoln and Douglass: Meeting of the Minds offers Indianapolis people a chance to see an incarnation of the two men’s perspectives on slavery during the time of the Civil War. Lincoln once proclaimed, “If I could save the Union, without freeing the slaves, I would do it. If I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would do that. What I do about slavery and the coloured race, I do because I believe it would help save the Union.” With this Lincoln made his stance clear, his one motivating factor throughout the Civil War was not to end slavery but to preserve the Union of the United States of America.

Though Douglass was a staunch abolitionist, he understood Lincoln’s political motives behind such a specific motivation. Had Lincoln proclaimed from the beginning of the fight that his goal was to not only save the Union but also to free all slaves, his argument would have been lost as soon as he started. Because of this understanding, Douglass was a fierce supporter of Lincoln’s cause throughout his presidency.

However, Fredrick Douglass never lost sight of his own political purposes. He continued to emphasize that “the mission of the war was the liberation of the slaves as well as the salvation of the Union. I [Douglass] reproached the North that they fought with one hand, while they might fight more effectively with tw0.” He also clearly stated his opinion that, “the Union cause would never prosper until the war assumed an anti-slavery attitude and the Negro was enlisted on the side of the Union.”

In fact, it was Douglass who was largely responsible for the push to create regiments of black soldiers, who ultimately helped the Civil War to be won on the side of the North. Not only was Douglass an incredibly influential abolitionist figure, he was also the first black man to be welcomed into the White House for a meeting with the President. Because of Douglass’ conversations with Lincoln, black troops were soon treated the same as white ones. These two men combined to make an incredible impact on history during that time period.

The Indiana State Museum offers a chance to see their viewpoints up close and personal in Lincoln and Douglass: Meeting of the Minds. Through a moderated event, two actors will portray Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. Each will track their positions on how to deal with slavery in a divided nation evolved over time. And audiences will learn how their relationship moved the country toward the total abolition of slavery.

Don’t miss this special event at a beloved Indianapolis museum. Afterward, talk a walk through the two Lincoln exhibits to learn about the greatest President of the United States ever! This Indianapolis event runs from 9:30 am to 10:30 am this Thursday morning. Tickets are $3.00 for members, $5.00 for non members and $2.00 for Indianapolis kids. Additionally this event occurs on March 25, April 15, 22, May 13, 18 and 20 and June 17, all in 2010.

The Indiana State Museum has prime Indianapolis real estate in Indianapolis downtown along the Indianapolis Canal Walk and White River State Park. Located near wonderful Indianapolis attractions like the Eitlejorg Museum and the NCAA Hall of Champions, the State Museum sits neatly in a hub of Indianapolis culture.

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Lincoln and Douglass: Meeting of the Minds
Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 9:30 am
Also 3/25; 4/15,22; 5/13,18 and 20; 6/17

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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