Save the date: Lincoln statue centennial Nov. 11

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The Courthouse 100 committee, which planned and hosted the centennial of the Greene County courthouse in October of 2017, is now organizing a commemoration of another courthouse-connected 100th anniversary – that of the Abraham Lincoln statue on the south side of the square in Jefferson.

The statue, which was actually dedicated on Sept. 22, 1918, was a gift to the community from leading citizens E.B. and Minnie Wilson to honor the former president, the new courthouse and the new Lincoln Highway coming through the business district.

The unveiling and dedication of the statue was such an anticipated event back then that the Jefferson newspapers reported more than 5,000 people attended.

The much smaller, but still meaningful, 100th anniversary celebration is set for Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 pm in the courthouse rotunda. There will be brief historical presentations, photographs from the 1918 dedication, and a “re-appearance” by the Wilsons to help tell the story.

More details will be announced soon, but the committee asks people to make note of the event on their calendars.

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