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March 1, 2006


NEW YORK, March 1, 2006 – Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,a traveling exhibition touring the United States, is now on display at The City College of New York’s Cohen Library. The showing, which runs through April 7, is the exhibition’s only stop in the New York metropolitan area.

The exhibition examines the paradox of a nation founded with the principle of equality perpetuating forced labor, and the 16th President who, in a single proclamation, overturned this system in 1863 during one of the most divisive conflicts endured by this nation. A series of lectures will accompany the exhibition.

An additional exhibition featuring material illustrating the portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in the press, Looking at Lincoln: Political Cartoons from the Civil War Era,will also be on view in the Cohen Library through March 24. This exhibition reproduces images from the collection of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  

The traveling exhibition, Forever Free, was organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York, and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Chicago, with major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Both the Forever Free and the Looking at Lincoln exhibitions are free and open to the public. For the schedule of viewing hours, please visit the City College Library website at For further information on the exhibitions, please call (212) 650-7271.  

City College is located at 138th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan.