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Digging For History At Lincoln's Home

Updated: Tuesday, July 1 2014, 09:13 AM CDT
SPRINGFIELD -- Archaeologists are digging to find out more about Springfield's African American community.

The Lincoln Home and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up for some archeological testing.

It's at the home of underground railroad conductor Jameson Jenkins, one block south of Abe Lincoln's home.

Early
maps show the house had an unusual shape and in 1850, Jenkins was
involved in an incident described in a local paper as a "slave
stampede."
      
"He was documented as being part of the
underground railroad, and he drove a wagon so he was probably helping
drive slaves north," said Dennis Naglich, Field Director for the Jenkins
dig.

Archeologists are also exploring Jenkins' relationship with the Lincolns.    

Research suggests his daughter may have worked for the Lincolns as a wash woman.

And Jenkins himself is credited with driving Lincoln to the train station to leave for Washington D.C.Digging For History At Lincoln's Home


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