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Poem Inspired by Decatur

While visiting Millikin University for a speaking engagement on February 21, 1927, famous poet Carl Sandburg took pen to paper and wrote about Decatur.

Carl Sandburg Poem

"Here in the City of Decatur, near timbers where Abraham Lincoln handled an axe, we may remember his philosophy of trees, how he spoke of finding men and trees to be alike; on the face of them, the outside, they didn't tell their character; life, wind, rain, lightening, events; told the fiber, what was clean or rotten." Carl Sandburg February 1927

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