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February Proves Hectic for ECU Lincoln Scholars

From book-signings to memorial celebrations, East Carolina University’s Lincoln scholars had full schedules this month.


Gerald Prokopowicz, acting chair of ECU’s history department, published a new book, “Did Lincoln Own Slaves? And other Frequently asked Questions about Abraham Lincoln” (Pantheon, 2008). Reviews of the book have appeared in such publications as “Time” magazine and the “Chicago Tribune.”

The book, presented in a question-and-answer format, is an accessible and authoritative guide to the life of one of the most famous presidents of the United States.

Prokopowicz, who served for nine years as the Lincoln Scholar at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is author of several Lincoln books, will hold a book signing in Greenville at 7 p.m., March 5, at Barnes and Noble, 3040 Evans Street.


David Long, professor of history at East Carolina University, attended the bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday Feb. 11 in Louisville, Ky. He was also the guest speaker at the Milwaukee and Chicago Civil War Round Tables, presenting “Lincoln, Davis, and the Dahlgren Raid: Was Political Assassination a Legitimate Tool of War in the Civil War?”

He also visited area schools and addressed the Greenville Noon Rotary Club Feb. 4, to discuss the bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln and Black History Month.


This page originally appeared in the Feb. 29, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at