Barefoot & Flying

Abe was the only one who didn’t seem surprised. His grand appearance at The Morgan Library on Family Day showed none of the tell tale signs of his being dead for 150 years. A young hatted fellow did challenge the President’s authenticity, but Mr Lincoln had proof on his side. Not only was the museum full of identifying photographs, but true to the supporting exhibition, his words did transform a nation. He was self educated, literary loving and visionary and The Ebony Hillbillies channelled his legacy through their music to the dancing children. I spoke to him briefly – it was an opportunity not to be missed – before he returned to read the original signed copy of the Walt Whitman poem ‘O Captain My Captain’ that Robin Williams made famous all over again. Abe missed it the first time around…

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