EMBASSY OF ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
May 15, 2014
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701.
As history marks the 150th anniversary of the passing of the great American statesman, President Abraham Lincoln who belonged to the ages, we reflect on his enduring legacy and influence throughout the Americas.
In his effort to bring the United States into line with other nations that had abolished the scourge of plantation slavery decades before, President Lincoln risked his life and collateralized the unity of his country to achieve the greater and more altruistic goal of freedom for ALL.
Today, thirty years into the celebration of our national Independence, the majority of the people of my country, the Federation of Saint Christopher (Saint Kitts) and Nevis, are the proud descendants of Africans that were bound by servitude, and we are all guardians of the faith that the peace of our nation is rooted in the preservation of equality and justice for all. President Lincoln's courageous championing of abolition, therefore, has special significance to me and to my fellow citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis, and to all whose history is tainted by the indignity of slavery.
Notwithstanding the injustice of his assassination, we can rest assured that President Lincoln's goal of making the United States a fairer and more equitable society continues to influence generations worldwide, and that the investment of his inspired efforts continue to bear the fruit of tolerance and human dignity.
Jacinth L Henry-Martin Ambassador
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