When Lincoln Financial adopted President Abraham Lincoln's name in 1905, we also adopted his ideals. Today, we reflect his ideals in Lincoln's Legacy, an initiative we proudly created to offer opportunities to acknowledge the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Lincoln's Legacy, at its core, encourages children, adults, families and communities to gather and share stories of their histories. In doing so, we hope to provide a forum for generations to inspire one another and for children to envision the legacies they hope to leave.
The initiative will consist of a series of events and experiences beginning in 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, and culminating in 2015 with the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. In selected cities, communities, organizations and individuals will be able to view an original signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, beginning with an unveiling at the opening reception of the 2013 National Urban League Conference on July 24 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The center will house the Emancipation Proclamation from July 25, 2013, through September 22, 2013, for all to see.
Lincoln's Legacy is also a celebration of the contributions of each generation, which can be shared through oral histories. Oral histories give families and communities the opportunity to commemorate and pay homage to their family experiences through storytelling. Selected oral histories will be featured in the Lincoln's Legacy oral history anthology.
Lincoln's Legacy Award targets nonprofit organizations whose education mission embodies and perpetuates President Lincoln's legacy of freedom, opportunity and equality. A $50,000 award will be given annually over the next three years.
Families, teachers, individuals and organizations are encouraged to participate in all these experiences.