The last living person who had seen Abraham Lincoln when his train stopped at Peekskill on Feb. 19, 1861, was Alida Hicks Hutchinson, who died in 1952.
An African-American child, she was 4 years old when Lincoln stopped and made a three-minute speech here as part of the 12-day, 1,900-mile, seven-state train trip that took him from Springfield, Ill., to Washington for his inauguration on March 4, 1861.
Still, the Lincoln’s Birthday presentation on Saturday at the Peekskill Museum on Union Street had a surprisingly contemporary feel. The talk by Anthony J. Czarnecki, president of Peekskill’s Lincoln Society, was about the journey that brought Lincoln here a day after Jefferson Davis became president of the Confederacy… read on!
via: New York Times