Lecture To Focus On Jameson Jenkins' Home In Lincoln Neighborhood

Sep 10, 2013

The location where James Jenkins' house once stood, near the Lincoln Home.
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Jameson Jenkins was Abraham Lincoln's neighbor.  The site of his former home is located in the Lincoln Neighborhood.   While Jenkins is far less well-known than the future president who lived a few doors away, he is nonetheless an interesting figure in history.  

WUIS' Sean Crawford spoke about research being done with Lincoln Home National Historic Site Superintendent Dale Phillips and Site Historian Tim Townsend on Illinois Edition:

Jenkins worked as a drayman and in 1850 assisted escaped slaves heading north through Illinois. In collaboration with the National Park Service, the Illinois State Museum conducted a limited investigation of the lot in order to assess the potential for intact archaeological resources. Subsurface features include a possible sub-floor storage pit and the possible remnants of a corner support pier for a mid-19th-century residence. The findings indicate that additional excavations would significantly advance understanding of the Jenkins occupation.

The Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture this month will focus on the project.  The event is Wednesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at the Research and Collections Center at 1011 East Ash Street.  The lecture is free to attend.