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Senator Dennis Black receives Lincoln award

Sen. Dennis Black

State Senator Dennis Black (D- Lynnville) was honored with the Executive Department’s “Certificate of Recognition” for his two-year service and work in developing programs and activities for educating Iowa’s youth about the life and accomplishments of President AbrahamLincoln.

Black was a member of the “Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission,” which completed its work on Monday, President’s Day.

Sen. Black’s work continues with his appointment to the state’s “Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.”

He will assist in developing learning programs for Iowa’s youth about the Civil War, the 150th anniversary of which occurs in April, 2011.

Sen. Black also has written a book, entitled “Profiles of Valor. Iowa’s Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War,” which is currently being printed, and will be available from the publisher in April. The book contains 480 pages, featuring Iowa before the Civil War, Lincoln’s call for volunteers and Iowa’s response, 56 vignettes and photographs of Medal of Honor recipients, and post-war life in Iowa following the fall of the Confederacy and Lincoln’s assassination.

The book also features 90 photographs taken during the Civil War from the archives of the State Department of Historical Preservation, and 25 colored photographs of Confederate flags captured by Iowa soldiers.