Washington – Lincoln Day in Virginia
"Lincoln's Drive Through Richmond" by Dennis M. Carter
Update – 01/24: Yesterday the bill was stricken from the Senate’s calendar. Update: Head on over to Robert Moore’s site for some thoughtful commentary on Lincoln’s connection to the Shenandoah Valley. Turns out that the Lincoln family’s roots are deep.
The Virginia General Assembly is considering a bill that would designate the third Monday in February as Washington – Lincoln Day.
The third Monday in February –
George Washington-Lincoln Day to honor George Washington (1732-1799), the first President of the United States, and Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the Great Emancipator.
This makes perfect sense given the Lincoln’s family’s roots in Virginia as well as the importance that many Virginians attach to his entry into Richmond in April 1865 and the end of slavery.
Carter’s painting is on display at the American Civil War Center at Tredegar in Richmond through April 2012.