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Special evening marks 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, 8th July 2009

Special evening marks 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln’s moral purpose and his historical significance were examined in a lecture in St Margaret’s Church on Tuesday 7th July given by Professor Richard Carwardine, Rhodes Professor of American History at St. Catherine's College, Oxford as part of an evening of special events to mark the bicentenary of Lincoln’s birth.

Evensong was held at 5pm in the Abbey followed by a wreath-laying at the Abraham Lincoln memorial in Parliament Square by Richard LeBaron, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S Embassy.

Professor Carwardine’s lecture: Abraham Lincoln and the mission of America was followed by a panel discussion and debate, chaired by Lord Hurd of Westwell, former Northern Ireland Secretary, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary with panellists: Lord Bingham, former Lord Chief Justice and Senior Law Lord, and Lord David Owen, former Foreign Secretary.

Professor Carwardine is a leading authority on the history of the United States in the era of the early republic and Civil War.

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

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The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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