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ALBC Foundation and Board

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The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation (ALBF) is the successor organization of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC). It is committed to initiating and supporting innovative and historically meaningful national, state, and local programs that commemorate the memory and sustain the ideals and historic impact of America’s sixteenth president.

 

Foundation Board Members

  • Harold Holzer, Rye, NY, chairman, former co-chair (with Senator Dick Durbin and Rep. Ray La Hood) of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, author, co-author, or editor of 37 books and more than 450 articles about Lincoln and political culture of the Civil War, among other honors, awarded the National Humanities Medal by President of the U.S. in 2008; Senior Vice President for External Affairs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. | Read full bio 
  • Dr. Darrel Bigham, Evansville, IN, is professor of history emeritus at the University of Southern Indiana, and Director of Historic Southern Indiana; former member of the ALBC (chair, education committee) and Lincoln States Bicentennial Task Force; author of several books; has served as president of Vanderburgh County Historical Society, Evansville Arts & Education Council, and Indiana Association of Historians. | Read full bio 
  • Dr. Orville Vernon Burton, Ninety Six, SC, former interim ALBF chairman, currently vice chairman; award-winning author and teacher; emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar and Professor of History, African-American Studies, and Sociology, University of Illinois; currently Professor of History and Director, Clemson University Cyberinstitute; also president elect, Southern Historical Association. | Read full bio 
  • Thomas Campbell, Chicago, IL, senior counsel at Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie law firm; noted litigator and appeals lawyer specializing in antitrust actions, mergers, mediating business disputes, and Federal Trade Commission rulings; historian of Chicago abolitionist movement; author of book on antebellum Chicago; lecturer and writer on antitrust legal issues and developments; serves as Treasurer of ALBF. | Read full bio 
  • David Lawrence Jr., Coral Gables, FL, retired publisher of the Miami Herald, is President of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, and University Scholar for Early Childhood Development and Readiness at the University of Florida; member, governor’s children’s cabinet, board of several childhood development organizations; former publisher of Detroit Free Press, and editor of Charlotte Observer. | Read full bio 
  • Dr. Edna Greene Medford, Bowie, MD, professor of history and chair of the history department at Howard University in Washington; former advisor to the Lincoln Presidential Library; leading authority on African-American and U.S. 19th-century history; pioneer leader of the African Burial Grounds project, advisor to the ALBC, author of several books and well-known lecturer, winner “Order of Lincoln,” 2009. | Read full bio 
  • Antonio Mora, Miami, FL, is the evening and late-night news anchor for CBS4 in Miami, having appeared previously on ABC’S Good Morning America, and on the CBS affiliate in Chicago, where he was the first Hispanic-American to hold anchor posts in that city; earlier held news posts in Los Angeles and on Telemundo and ESPN; a former practicing attorney, his many honors include two Peabody awards and several Emmys. | Read full bio 
  • Charles Scholz, Quincy, IL, ALBF Treasurer, is the former mayor of Quincy (1993–2005) and currently practices law in his hometown with the firm of Scholz & Scholz LLP; previously served as Illinois Assistant Attorney General, and as downstate political director for late U.S. Senator Paul Simon; chaired the Lincoln Bicentennial at Quincy (a Lincoln-Douglas debate site); previously served on the ALBC advisory board. | Read full bio 
  • Jean Powers Soman, Pinecrest, FL, author/editor, direct descendant of Jewish Union Col. Marcus Spiegel, has researched and written on his life, also researching great-grandfather Samuel Alschuler, photographer of Lincoln; served on ALBC advisory board and was interim chair of ALBF; fellow of Historical Museum of South Florida, member of EZRA consortium of American Jewish Archives, advisory board of Jewish Museum of Florida. | Read full bio 
  • Hon. Frank J. Williams, Hope Valley, RI, former member of the ALBC, founding chairman of The Lincoln Forum, former President of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Lincoln Group of Boston, serves as President of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, leading Lincoln collector, lecturer, editor, writer, author of more than a dozen books on Lincoln; retired Chief Justice of Rhode Island Supreme Court. | Read full bio

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