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Lincoln The Debater Statue

900 E. Stephenson St., Freeport, IL 61032


This famous statue was designed by Leonard Crunelle and was presented to Freeport at the 71st anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate on August 27, 1929, by local industrialist W. T. Rawleigh. It is located in Taylor Park.

Erected on a base of red granite, the statue stands among the trees in Freeport's Taylor Park. It depicts Lincoln as a very confident young man with the serious expression of a successful lawyer. It represents him at a time in his life when he was concerned about the great issues of the day and was a keen politician and debater. The spirit of the most important of the seven debates is definitely depicted by Crunelle's portrayal of the man. The hands behind his back hold a small roll of papers.

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