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About the Commission

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The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) was created by Congress to plan a “fitting and proper” national celebration of the 16th President’s 200th birthday in 2009.  Its members are appointed by the President and Congressional leaders, and include political leaders, jurists, historians, and collectors.  The ALBC aims to renew Americans’ appreciation of Lincoln’s ideals of freedom, democracy and equal opportunity, and to encourage all people to “live the legacy.”

The mission of the ALBC is three-fold:

  • to commemorate the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln;
  • to emphasize the contribution of his thoughts and ideals to America and the world; and
  • to serve as a catalyst for strengthening freedom, equality and opportunity.