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Celebrate Lincoln's Legacy

Freedom. Opportunity. Equality. It's the legacy that Abraham Lincoln left to all Americans — one that we must preserve and promote for generations to come.

When Lincoln Financial adopted President Abraham Lincoln's name in 1905, we also embraced his ideals. And in 2013, we launched Lincoln's Legacy initiative to recognize the 150th anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment and inspire others.

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“May our children and our children’s children to a thousand generations, continue to enjoy the benefits conferred upon us by a united country.”


Inspiring America’s youth

Launched in 2013, the Lincoln's Legacy initiative recognizes the 150th anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. This initiative includes activities and programs designed to educate and inspire the hopes and dreams of children and young adults through:

Oral histories

What could be more inspirational for today's youth than hearing first-hand how one of their idols has achieved the American dream? Listen to notable Americans share personal stories of freedom and equality.

Lincoln's Legacy Award

During each year of Lincoln's Legacy, we awarded $50,000 to an education-focused nonprofit organization. Learn more about award winners.

Legacy events

In 2015, the Greensboro Historical Museum in Greensboro, N.C., held a special exhibit titled Emancipation Proclamation with support from Lincoln’s Legacy. Read more about the event.

Profiles in Diversity Journal, which focuses on diversity/inclusion in business, military/government, nonprofit and higher education settings, highlighted Lincoln's Legacy initiative in its May/June 2014 issue.

Emancipation video

Listen to Lincoln Financial Group employees recite the Emancipation Proclamation at the Amistad Center for Arts & Culture in Hartford, Conn.