On Thursday, February 12 at 11:00 a.m., Cincinnatians will gather in Eden Park to commemorate the bicentennial birthday of Abraham Lincoln. Cincinnati’s commemoration of Lincoln’s special birthday will be presented by the project partners of Lincoln Legacy: A Cincinnati Celebration of Freedom. The festivities will take place at Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park. The event will provide an opportunity for the region’s citizens to celebrate the legacy of America’s 16th president and reflect upon the high ideals of freedom, justice and morality modeled by Lincoln throughout his life and career.
The birthday celebration will feature Channel 12’s Bob Herzog (as Old Abe) reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address; and a musical performance by the Fairview German Language School. Willie F. Carden, Jr., Director of Cincinnati Parks, will act as the Master of Ceremonies and John Pepper, Board Co-Chair of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, will offer greetings. Other area dignitaries and community leaders will also participate in the commemorative event. The celebration will include a birthday cake—courtesy of Busken’s Bakery—ablaze with 200 candles to mark this significant milestone. In addition, Cincinnati Parks will plant a tree in Eden Park’s Presidential Grove to mark the bicentennial birthday in perpetuity. The grove, which was established in 1882 by the Forestry Congress, features trees planted in honor of every U.S. President.
Project partners of Lincoln Legacy: A Cincinnati Celebration of Freedom include CET, Cincinnati Museum Center, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the Ohio Historical Society, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati Parks and Senator Richard H. Finan, former president of the Ohio Senate. The group convened to plan commemorative programs and educational events during the bicentennial birthday year. More information on this project, including videos, can be found on the Lincoln Legacy website.