Saturday Lincoln program shares September's Journey of Remembrance

-A A +A

Trip from Rockport to New Orleans retraced 1828 odyssey

By The Staff

LINCOLN CITY – Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial will host a special program Saturday about the recent Journey of Remembrance flatboat trip that took place as part of Spencer County's observance of the Lincoln Bicentennial.  

The journey, which set sail Sept. 9, retraced Lincoln's 1828 flatboat trip from Rockport to New Orleans, La., when the then 19-year-old future president transported a load of produce for a local merchant.

It was on this trip where Lincoln witnessed a slave auction while in New Orleans, an event that cemented his anti-slavery views.

The 2008 trip was a joint effort by members of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau, Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Think Lincoln Inc. and the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  

The presentation will be given by Melissa Miller and Duane Walter of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau and Bob Bleemel who chronicled the entire trip on video, and will take place in the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hall.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is located off Indiana  162 in Lincoln City. Admission to the park, which includes the Lincoln Living Historical Farm, is $3 per person, age 17 and older, with a maximum charge of $5 per family.  

The receipt for admission is good for a period of seven days from the date of purchase.  

There is no charge for visitors who present an Interagency Pass, a Senior Pass, an Access Pass, or an Annual Lincoln Boyhood Park Pass.  

The passports may be purchased at the park. For more information, please call the park at (812) 937-4541.