14th Annual Lincoln Luncheon

by Mackenzie Stasko on February 12, 2014 at 6:46 am

The 14th Annual Lincoln Luncheon commemorated the birthday’s of President Abraham Lincoln and the late Dr. Harley Flack, a Zanesville native who was the fourth president of Wright State University. The luncheon, which was held at the Zanesville Country Club, also served as a fundraiser for the PURE Center. President of the PURE Center, Liesta Walker, called the luncheon a "true community event."

"If you’re not here this year, we truly hope to see you next year because it is a wonderful event and again it supports PURE and by default, it therefore supports the community, especially in the education process of keeping us away of the important part that Zanesville did play in the fight for freedom," said Walker.

Dr. Anita Jackson served as the guest speaker and performer at Wednesday’s luncheon. In the one-woman show, Jackson portrayed Anna Maria Gant, a freed slave who settled in Zanesville with her husband, Nelson T. Gant.

"It tells about the struggle that Anna Maria Gant and Nelson T. Gant had as a married couple to actually live as a married couple in the institution of slavery because slavery did not really recognize the marriage of many of the slaves," Jackson explained.

The PURE Center is located at 522 Woodlawn Ave. in the Putnam Historic District.