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Free showing: Civil War: The Untold Story

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 Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and Eastern National will present a sneak-preview screening event for Civil War: The Untold Story, a five-part documentary series narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and produced for public television by Great Divide Pictures. 

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown. The one-hour event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Showing will be Episode 5, With Malice Toward None, which will be introduced by filmmaker Chris Wheeler. Against the dramatic backdrop of the battles for Atlanta, this hour chronicles the presidential election of 1864 – one that Lincoln himself was resigned to defeat.

Hanging in the balance with the crucial election was the Emancipation Proclamation and the destiny of more than 3 million Americans who were still enslaved. 

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion led by Dr. John George, Park Guide at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace. The panel will include Wheeler and Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor, associate professor with the University of Kentucky and historical consultant for the movie.

The topic for the panel discussion will be “Lincoln, Kentucky, and the 1864 Election.” The panel will also invite questions from the audience.

“We are excited to host this event,” said park Superintendent Bill Justice. “Everyone is welcome to attend. We are pleased to be able to share a portion of this documentary before it officially airs on PBS stations across the country in April.”

For more information about the event or the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/abli or the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LincolnBirthplaceNPS

To view video clips, images and additional information on Civil War: The Untold Story, follow the series on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CivilWarTheUntoldStory.