President Clinton Names Harold Holzer and James Horton to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Skaneateles, New York)

For Immediate Release
September 1, 2000


     The President announced today his intent to appoint Harold Holzer and
James Oliver Horton as members of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

    Mr. Harold Holzer, of Rye, New York, is currently Vice President for
Communications at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and is one of the
country?s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture
of the Civil War era.  He has authored, co-authored and edited 18 books
including The Lincoln Image, The Confederate Image, Lincoln on Democracy
(co-authored with Mario Cuomo) The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Lincoln as I
Knew Him, Lincoln Seen and Heard and Witness to War: The Civil War.
Additionally, he is a frequent guest on television, appearing on PBS
documentaries and A&E biographies of Lincoln and the C-Span recreation of
the Lincoln-Douglas debates.  Mr. Holzer serves as Vice Chairman of the
Lincoln Forum and as a Trustee of the New York Archives Preservation Trust.
He received a BA degree from City University of New York.

     Dr. James Oliver Horton, of Reston, Virginia, is the Benjamin Banneker
Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University
and Director of the African American Communities Project at the Smithsonian
Institution's National Museum of American History.  In 1996 he received The
Carnegie Foundation, CASE Professor of the Year Award for the District of
Columbia.  Recently, he appeared in the PBS series "Africans in America"
and the PBS film "John Brown's Holy War."  He also appears weekly in the
History Channel's "History Center," provided historical commentary on the
Civil War for the DVD version of the movie Glory, and serves as historical
advisor to several museums in the United States and Europe.  Among his
books are In Hope of Liberty, Free People of Color, Black Bostonians, A
History of the African American People, and the forthcoming Hard Road to
Freedom: The Story of African America.  In 1999, he served as historical
expert for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Save America's Treasures"
bus tour.  Dr. Horton received his undergraduate degree from The State
University of New York at Buffalo and his Ph.D. in history from Brandeis

     Legislation establishing Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was
enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President for the purpose of
studying activities that may be carried out by the Federal Government to
honor Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth
in 2009.


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