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Abraham Lincoln Tolono Plaque
July 1932

A crowd is gathered in the Tolono Township for a dedication of a Plaque to Abraham Lincoln's final speech in Illinois. This speech was famnously given at the Tolono Train station where he stopped between connectingh trains, and these were his last moments he spent in Illinois until his funeral procession in 1865.

The text on the plaque reads:

Abraham Lincoln made his farewell address to the people of Illinois at Tolono station February 11, 1861. "I am leaving you on an errand of national importance, attended as you are aware with considerable difficulties. Let us believe as some poet has expressed it, 'Behind the cloud the sun is still shining.' I bid you an affectionate farewell."

Marker placed by Alliance Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Urbana, Champaign, and the citizens of Tolono. July 1932."

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