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A Bible given to President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 by a group of African Americans sits at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
A Bible given to President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 by a group of African Americans sits at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. | (Photo: The Christian Post / Samuel Smith)

7. Lincoln's Bible

One of the treasures people will find in this "Impact of the Bible" section is a Bible and a bookmark that were given to the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln in 1864 by a delegation of African Americans from Baltimore, Maryland, who were looking to thank the 16th president for freeing the slaves and for allowing African-American soldiers to serve in the Union Army.

"More than five hundred African-American Baltimoreans donated money to purchase the Bible, which cost about $580 (today's equivalent of more than $8,000)," a placard at the museum states. "Upon receiving it, Lincoln reportedly said: 'In regard to this great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man.' In 1916, Robert Todd Lincoln donated the Bible to Fist University."

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