When the national struggle over slavery became a wild fire across the Prairie State, Freeport was one of the cities selected for a debate between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln as they sought a seat in the United States Senate. Today, Freeport maintains Debate Square, a public space which commemorates that clash of titans in 1858.

While in Freeport and Stephenson County, there are other depictions of Lincoln worth your time. Taylor Park features “Lincoln the Debate,” a heroic-sized bronze statue; Freeport Public Library houses “Lincoln Reading,’ a sculpture which depicts Lincoln reading to his son; and the Black Hawk Monument near Kent, has the newly installed sculpture, “Captain Lincoln,” which depicts a young Lincoln who served in the Black Hawk Conflict.
For more information, contact the Greater Freeport Partnership at 815-233-1350 or visit their web site at
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