For the last five years in Springfield, it has been a time to observe the sesquicentennial – the 150th anniversary – of things related to Abraham Lincoln, his presidency, and the Civil War. Tuesday afternoon, members of the Illinois Senate commemorated the passage of the 13th Amendment, ending slavery, with music, quotations, and role playing.
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“No more selling us,” said Bob Davis. “Our wives, our children, because some law says you are somebody’s property. No more whippings because the law treated us as less than human beings.” Davis, in uniform, portrayed a member of the 29th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops.
“Illinois was significant, because Illinois was first,” said Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), who then quoted his 1865 counterpart: “Illinois stands first among all her sister states. Our children in all the distant future may well point with honest, patriotic pride.”