Abraham Lincoln was born 200 years ago in, yes, a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky. Nine years later, on a farm in Talbot County, Maryland, Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. From humble beginnings, these two men shaped the course of the nation, and in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Lincolns birth, the congressionally mandated Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has established a series of events in 11 U.S. cities including Miami. This Thursdays event, A Chautauqua-Style Conversation, re-creates the 1863 meetings between Lincoln and Douglass, as the latter gained the presidents ear and helped shape his policy on the inclusion of black soldiers in the Union war effort. Actors dressed in traditional garb will dramatize a historically accurate policy discussion between Lincoln and Douglass at Coral Gables Congregational Church from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free to the public and cosponsored by the Florida Humanities Council. Go and learn something.
Sun., Oct. 25, 7-9 p.m., 2009