Lincoln birthplace to observe Juneteenth with presentations

Ranger Layton Carr will lead a discussion at 11 a.m. Saturday

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is observing Juneteenth with two free presentations.

The National Park Service said in a statement that Ranger Layton Carr will lead a discussion at 11 a.m. Saturday about Abraham Lincoln’s legacy in pushing for emancipation and how that led to the formation of Juneteenth. The statement says there will also be a Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua performance in the afternoon.

Virgil Covington Jr. will portray William Wells Brown in a living history presentation. Brown was born into slavery in central Kentucky but escaped in 1834 and is considered to be the first published Black novelist and playwright.

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