Thursday, February 12, 2009

The extraordinary life of a Chicago neighborhood's Abraham Lincoln statue.

A story about a bust of President Abraham Lincoln located in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood from Slate:
In 1926, Phil Blomquist erected an inexpensive bust of Abraham Lincoln in front of the Lincoln Gas Station at South Wolcott Avenue and 69th Street in the Englewood section of Chicago's South Side. At the time, Englewood was Irish, German, and Italian. By the 1970s, it was a mostly African-American neighborhood and had become one of the worst ghettos in the city.
Read the whole thing and check out the slideshow. You will see that this bust has suffered from general neglect to defacement. Perhaps since Lincoln's 200th birthday is today it might get the attention it deserves. Hopefully.

Via Gaper's Block!

You can even find this story on Instapundit!

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