Mayor of Evesham - Councillor Charlie Homer
14 January 2015
Dr Daniel W. Stowell, Director, Center for Digital Initiatives, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, 112 North Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701, USA
As Mayor of Evesham, England, it gives me great pleasure to respond to your letter of November 21 2014 regarding the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln
We all know the huge achievements that Mr Lincoln accomplished as the 16th President of the United States. Most notably was the abolition of slavery. At a time when the North and South of the US were divided over slavery, Mr Lincoln stood up for his beliefs and during the Gettysburg Address in 1863 clearly stated: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal"
That simple statement, which we are all equal and conceived in liberty is a lesson that we have all learned from.
Here in Evesham, England, we welcome all nationalities to our town. Famed for our market gardening heritage we are blessed to have many migrant workers - mostly from Eastern Europe who come here to find a better way of life for themselves and their families. The migrant workers' children are welcomed into our schools where they are all treated equally with indigenous children. All citizens of our town are protected by our laws and have freedom of speech which I believe, Mr Lincoln would be proud of.
This year, 2015 also marks the 750th Anniversary of the Battle of Evesham. This battle was fought between Henry III and Simon de Montfort (6th Earl of Leicester). The battle was bloody and De Montfort forces managed to overthrow Henry III. With the King captive De Montfort became "de facto" ruler of England. During his rule, De Montfort called two famous parliaments. The first stripped the King of unlimited authority, the second included ordinary citizens from the towns. For this reason, De Montfort is regarded today as one of
the progenitors of modern parliamentary democracy. After a rule of just over a year, Montfort was killed by forces loyal to the King in the Battle of Evesham.
There are so many ways that Abraham Lincoln and Simon De Montfort have changed our lives forever. The legacies of these two great men, who died far too early in their lives, both fought for democracy, equality and liberty - all values preserved to this very day.
Thank you for allowing me to express how the life of Abraham Lincoln has influenced our lives here in Evesham, England
Charles D. Homer
Cllr Charles D Homer, Mayor of Evesham
Evesham Town Council, Evesham Community Contact Centre, Abbey Road, Evesham, Worcs WR11 4SB, Tel: 01386 443322 Fax: 01386 444523, Website: www.evesham.uk
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