A touch of Lincoln in downtown Rockford

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A large crowd gathered at the corner of South Church and Elm streets Sunday, Sept. 27, to dedicate Lincoln Courthouse Square. Pictured are, clockwise from top photo: Someone in Sunday's crowd pays tribute to the monument by touching the president's nose for luck; fiery abolitionist Frederick Douglass (portrayed by Steve Cole) gives a speech; Illinois sculptor John W. McClarey created the Lincoln bust, titled "Iron Determination"; and Lincoln (portrayed by former NAT actor Michael Krebs) poses with John and Suzanne Brubaker, who commissioned the creation of the bust. (Photos by Jon McGinty)
A large crowd gathered at the corner of South Church and Elm streets Sunday, Sept. 27, to dedicate Lincoln Courthouse Square. Pictured are, clockwise from top photo: Someone in Sunday's crowd pays tribute to the monument by touching the president's nose for luck; fiery abolitionist Frederick Douglass (portrayed by Steve Cole) gives a speech; Illinois sculptor John W. McClarey created the Lincoln bust, titled "Iron Determination"; and Lincoln (portrayed by former NAT actor Michael Krebs) poses with John and Suzanne Brubaker, who commissioned the creation of the bust. (Photos by Jon McGinty)