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McClarey Statue in Charleston, Illinois

These life-size bronze figures depict the fourth debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas held September 18, during the 1858 senatorial campaign. Illinois sculptor John McClarey arranged the figures to face each other across a metaphorical divide. He says they represent the chasm of the "House Divided," with both men considering the country's split over slavery and its extension.

The statues form a gateway to the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum, dedicated in September 2001 to mark the 143rd anniversary of the Charleston debate.

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