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Lincoln birthplace park planning birthday events

HODGENVILLE - The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is planning special events to celebrate the 205th birthday of the nation's 16th president.

Park Superintendent Bill Justice told The News-Enterprise that a wreath will be placed at the symbolic birth cabin, a newly donated item will be unveiled and a documentary film about Yosemite National Park will be shown.

The Ken Burns documentary follows the start of the park after Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant in 1864.

Lincoln's birthday is Wednesday. The events at the park in Hodgenville will begin at 2 p.m.

Justice said everyone is invited to join the park in remembering Lincoln and his legacy.

"I have found in my brief time here that people - some of them from out of the area - are attracted to the park on Lincoln's birthday because of their personal connection to the 16th president and to the man," he said.

He said the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park had 164,000 visitors last year from around the country. He said Kentucky residents seem to have a special regard for Lincoln.

"Kentuckians have every right to take pride in the achievements of its native son," Justice said.

"His first education, his first experiences of demanding life on the frontier and his beliefs of the wrongness of slavery all were founded by his experiences here," he said. "The anti-slavery actions of many Kentuckians helped him form beliefs that led to the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th amendment."

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