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Lincoln Statue Leaving Springfield; Copy Of Gettysburg Address Will Be On Display

In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 photo, school groups and visitors tour the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield, Ill. Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield say attendance was up more than 7 percent in 2013, thanks in part to the popularity of Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln." (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

The 31-foot-tall, 19-ton likeness of Abraham Lincoln that has stood for more than a year outside the Lincoln Presidential Library is leaving. The statue entitled “Return Visit” will be dismantled beginning Monday. Meanwhile, beginning next Wednesday, the library’s copy of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will go on display. It’s one of only five known copies that were written in Lincoln’s own hand.


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