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A one-of-a-kind event that takes you back to the only trial in which Lincoln represented a slave-owner;
and he lost!

The Matson Slave Trial Is:

>One of the top five trials in Coles County, Illinois

>One of the ten most important cases in which Abraham Lincoln participated


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Lincoln's Trial and Tribulations Coming
Three Dates in 2014
Visit two historic sites as you step back in time to relate and re-live this story of bittersweet daring and historical mystery, involving one of the most divisive issues of our country’s early history, slavery. It reveals hidden parts of our local history, affirms our faith in our legal system, raises questions about our moral bearing and actions, and reflects how we remember or mythologize our heroes.


2014 Dates
Saturday, July 26   

Saturday, August 16

Friday, Sept. 19

Saturday performances 5-9:00 p.m.

Friday performance 4-8:00 p.m.

We Would Like to Thank Our Sponsors
Independence Pioneer Village, Oakland Landmarks, Inc., City of Oakland,
Oakland Chamber of Commerce
With special funds from Looking For Lincoln Heritage Partnership Grant.


Lincoln's Trial & Tribulations is a proud member of Looking For Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Check their website for more Lincoln related adventures in Central Illinois.