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Historical Marker:

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

This is one of three identical markers. It is located west of Galesburg on US 34.
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Dedication Date:
Dedication By:
Debate Centennial Commission of Galesburg and The Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
On October 7, 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas met in Galesburg for the fifth of seven joint debates. From a platform erected along the east side of Old Main on the Knox College campus Lincoln said, 'He is blowing out the moral lights around us, when he contends that whoever wants slaves has a right to hold them.'

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