As a kid, I had the opportunity to attend the annual “Sons of Abraham Lincoln” reunion at the Lincoln Museum in Washington, D.C. It was the largest gathering of the Lincoln family since the birth of the country’s first president.
I was just about the age of the youngest person in the room.
A young lady in a black hat, her face covered with a mask, was giving a speech.
Her son was standing next to her.
She started speaking.
I started asking her questions, and her son was saying things like, “This isn’t what I meant when I said Lincoln was a man of the people.”
And I was like, Wow, that’s interesting.
“That’s exactly what I said,” she said.
“It’s what you meant, but I guess it doesn’t mean that.”
But the woman had the good sense to change the subject.
As she continued, I began to get a sense of just how powerful and influential the president had become.
She went on to describe how Lincoln, a lifelong slave, was not only the founder of the American South but a leader in the fight for civil rights and freedom.
“He had a vision for a better future for black people,” the woman said.
She continued: “He believed in the idea that we have a duty to each other.
We have a right to life, to the pursuit of happiness.
We don’t have to be scared of death.”
The man in the white hat then turned to me and asked, “What’s that?
What’s the story about Abraham Lincoln?”
The woman said, “He’s a real hero.”
That is what I was hoping to find out.
But as the conversation continued, my interest turned to the photograph I was holding.
I didn’t see it as a personal document of Lincoln, or a photo of the man himself.
But I was struck by the sheer amount of work that was being done to capture the moment that Lincoln made history, capturing images of the world and his own life.
And I realized that I had seen images of Lincoln before.
It’s a story that spans the ages of the United States, the world, and the world’s history, a story of a man who defied the odds to achieve greatness.
Lincoln is known as a great storyteller, a true American.
He was a hero.
But the story he told, and his work, has not been well-known in the United Kingdom.
For a time, that changed in January 2017.
When The Guardian published an article on a photo that appeared in The Washington Post, many in the U.K. were shocked, angry and shocked.
They said the picture was of a woman who was “wearing a mask” and not Lincoln.
They accused the newspaper of publishing an inaccurate picture of the life and legacy of the first African-American president.
The article was titled “The man in white hat, a mask: A man who stood up for his race and made a difference.”
But even before the Guardian article, many people in the country began wondering why The Guardian was publishing the image.
Wasn’t that supposed to be a photo from before Lincoln became president?
In the years before Lincoln was assassinated, there were many people who wanted to see the man in black hat.
A photo of him was a symbol of Lincoln’s struggle against prejudice.
And in the years after Lincoln was elected president, there was also a huge outpouring of support for Lincoln’s presidency.
A photograph of the famous face of the president was widely seen as a symbol, a badge of courage.
And yet, the picture of Lincoln was not included in the story.
And this is a problem that was largely ignored by the media, not just in the West but in the rest of the U