Seventeen Central Illinois communities were awarded 23 grants this week as part of The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition/Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area 2012 Partnership Grant Program.  Locally, the Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial will receive $1,500 that will go for signage to further augment the organization's ability to tell the story of Alton during the Civil War era.

Trustee with the Lovejoy Memorial Ed Gray (pictured) says there will be at least two markers erected in Alton.

Gray comments

With projects ranging from bricks and mortar to living history and interpretive signage, these grants were awarded after a process that saw more than three dozen submissions from the 42 counties of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.  Gray hopes these signs are up by the end of spring at the latest.

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