Who We Are

We are an organization of Daytonians committed to preserving Lincoln’s legacy in general, and his antislavery positions in particular. We believe slavery was a stain upon this country and that it was the right, just, and honorable position to oppose its expansion and advocate for its end. Because of that, we are firmly committed to our mission of honoring Lincoln’s anti-expansionist stance.

We have four main goals:

  1. Commemorate Lincoln’s historic speech here in Dayton, where he took a stand against allowing slavery to expand any further. This speech, given in 1859, was a pivotal moment in the events leading up to the Civil War.
  2. Educate Daytonians, visitors, young, and old about the Civil War, the lead-up to that nation-defining conflict, and the crucial role Lincoln played in shepherding our country through it.
  3. Inspire all people to follow Lincoln’s example in their public and private lives by engaging with others compassionately, embracing patriotism for their country, advocating for equality among all people, and striving for justice in all situations.
  4. Build a thriving community around the old court house and downtown Dayton, primarily by adding a statute of Lincoln cast in bronze, but also by beautifying and otherwise contributing to the community.

Our organization is nonprofit, so we depend heavily on charitable donations from others. Please contact us if you would like to support our efforts. Your donation is tax deductible.

When we need to take care of our meeting spaces, we like to hire local businesses to do it. We hope you’ll do so, too. In Western NY, your rug cleaning needs are easily taken care of.