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Yesterday, President Abraham Lincoln‘s cottage opened its doors to a new era. This Northwest site, where Lincoln resided seasonally from 1862 to 1864, underwent a $15 million restoration by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, according to the group’s press release. Well, golly, that’s a lot of money to spend just to herd a few over-the-hill history buffs through the door. So, the house is also actively trying to appeal to the youth. And how better to continue Lincoln’s legacy than with a rap? Yes, that’s right, there’s now a hip hop song about a man that died in 1865. Check out the proud press release:
The [opening day] program closed with James Anderson‘s performance of “Ride On Abraham,” a hip hop song written by Karen Chatman for President Lincoln’s Cottage. This song will be a part of the extensive educational programming to be offered for school groups at the site. “Karen’s song embodies our approach to engaging visitors in new ways,” said Frank Milligan. “We believe that the unique interactive aspects of our tour experience at President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center will provide children and adults with a new way of seeing history. We’re particularly excited to get young audiences engaged in Lincoln’s story.”
No, I haven’t been able to track down the rap yet. According to the cottage’s website, the home is located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in Washington, D.C. The entrance to the AFRH is the Eagle Gate at Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW, 20011