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- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
If all goes well and river levels permit, there will be good history lesson docked at towns along the Mississippi River in the next few days. It a replica of the pioneer-era flatboat used by 19-year-old Abraham Lincoln to deliver produce for a Rockport, Ind., merchant to New Orleans in 1828.
It was on this trip that the young Lincoln first saw slaves being auctioned, leaving a lasting impression.
The flatboat replica is expected to dock today in Caruthersville, Mo. Although visitors won't be able go on the boat because of safety considerations, they will be able to see it up close. And there will be an information tent with an exhibit about Lincoln's life in Indiana.
The boat will continue downstream, stopping Sunday in Osceola, Ark., and Monday in Memphis, Tenn. -- again, depending on weather and river conditions.
Most of us, adults and schoolchildren alike, have this idea of Lincoln the president with his stovepipe hat and beard. The flatboat journey is an effort to show us another side of Lincoln in his younger years.