Memorial Day marks 150 years since Lincoln's 'Lost Speech'

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BLOOMINGTON -- Every school kid can recite lines from Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speeches: “Four score and seven years ago …”; “A house divided against itself cannot stand …”; “With malice toward none and charity for all …”

But no one can quote with certainty from a speech Lincoln gave in Bloomington 150 years ago this month. The date was May 29, which this year falls on Memorial Day, when the speech will be commemorated with an afternoon program.

In what is known as the “Lost Speech,” Lincoln loudly condemned the expansion of slavery and set the stage for his rise in national politics.

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