New educational tool unveiled at Quincy festival

Kiosk details the power of Lincoln's debate skills

The City of Quincy held an all day festival that honored one of the most important moments in America's past.

The "Lincoln in the District" festival in Washington Park unveiled a new educational resource at the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center.

It details the debate in Quincy that led to the end of slavery in America.

"If we don't remember our past through objects like the kiosk, the chances of us having to go through events that we've suffered through in the past, is going to happen," George Buss, an Abraham Lincoln interpreter said.

This new kiosk displays one of the most pivotal moments in history.

What we TMre doing in the interpretive center is having a permanent display that TMs called The Turning Point that explains why it is so important, Iris Nelson, an advisory board member for the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center said. We are also collaborating with Juneteenth, which is a celebration that's held each June that celebrates Emancipation Proclamation."

More than a century ago, Abraham Lincoln faced off against Stephen Douglas in the sixth presidential debate in Washington Park.

Well, historically the debate in Quincy on October 13th, 1858 is the most important historical event that ever happened in Quincy," Nelson said.

At the debate, Lincoln voiced his support for the end of slavery.

His stance laid the groundwork for a proclamation that forever changed America's history.

"The Emancipation Proclamation and its roots tied to the debates in Quincy, brought forth ultimately the 13th Amendment which ended slavery, Buss said.

There is a reason why Lincoln picked Quincy as the place to make his plea.

Quincy had a great reputation as a spot on the Underground Railroad, Dr. Orville Vernon Burton, author of the Age of Lincoln said. You had a number of abolitionists and people who supported black freedom here in Quincy."

Now, this kiosk joins other monuments in Quincy that highlight some our country's most historic moments.

"Over here in Washington Park, you know, you can come out here and just see the monuments out here, you know, and just take it all in," Quincy resident Gerard Perkins said.

"I think Quincy has done a better job than any place I know, in terms of taking his history and understanding how important it is to where we are today," Burton said. "And commemorating these kind of events like The Turning Point"."

Despite the heavy rain, more than 50 people attended Saturday's event.