The Story Behind a “Lincoln Bible”

A Gift From Baltimore Black Citizens to Abraham Lincoln

Fisk University — Special Collections

On July 6, 1864, R.Stockett Mathews, a white judge from Baltimore wrote Lincoln asking him to name the day when he could receive the committee representing the loyal colored men of Baltimore who wished to present him with a Bible. There is no record of a response.




Stories in this publication will focus on Black History and a little White History that has been distorted. We’ll focus on people and policies and the impact they continue to have on America today.

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