The annual Elijah P. Lovejoy Week begins Thursday night at 7 with the annual concert at the grade school bearing his name on Tremont Street. Lovejoy has been referred to by some as the first casualty of the Civil War. On three occasions, his printing press was destroyed by pro-slavery factions who wanted to stop his publishing abolitionist views.

Trustee Ed Gray says the Lovejoy Week celebrations began about 60 years ago, but some of the events are better attended than others.

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The annual dinner is Friday at the Commons on the campus of Lewis & Clark Community College. Tickets are $30 each, and can be purchased either in advance, or at the door. The Vesper Service is Sunday at 5pm at the College Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Lovejoy Day will be held at Noon Wednesday, November 9 at Alton City Cemetery at the Lovejoy Monument. You can get more information on any of these events by calling 466-9240. The full interview with Ed Gray will be aired Thursday during the 11am hour of Let's Talk.