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October 24, 2014, 4:30 am
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Classroom Slate That May Have Been Used By Lincoln Donated To ALPLM

The latest acquisition by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a slate that belonged to Lincoln’s boyhood teacher… and which may have been used by a young Abe himself. 


The 12 by 16 inch portable chalkboard opens a window into how schooling was conducted in rural Kentucky in the early 1800s, when a 7-year-old Abe Lincoln studied under teacher Caleb Hazel.  Hazel’s family kept the slate… and his fifth-generation descendants have now donated it to the library and museum’s Lincoln Collection. 


It’s now on display in the museum’s Treasures collection, along with a page of math problems that is the earliest known writing of the teenage Lincoln still in existence.

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