Looking for Lincoln sign dedication set for Thursday in Barry

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BARRY, Ill. — The New Philadelphia Association and the Looking for Lincoln organization will have a dedication of the Looking For Lincoln sign, set at the First Baptist Church of Barry last September, at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at 900 Main in Barry.

This Looking for Lincoln sign is the first to be placed outside of the Pittsfield area in Pike County. It tells about the New Philadelphia residents, including Free Frank and Free Lucy, being members of the church from the early years and that another member of the church, Calvin Jackson of Barry, took a famous picture of Abraham Lincoln in 1858 at Pittsfield. 

The sign also tells the story of Free Frank acquiring a legal last name in 1837 when he petitioned the Illinois State Legislature. Abraham Lincoln was a member when it was voted to secure the name of Frank McWorter for Free Frank. He needed a legal last name to protect himself and the town he created.

Congressman Rodney Davis will join members of NPA and the Looking for Lincoln organization for the event.

For more information, contact Marynel Corton at 217-335-2716.

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