Museum to unveil bible that belonged to Lincoln

Courtesy: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois historians say a bible that belonged to Abraham Lincoln in the last year of his life will be put on display at the presidential museum and library in the 16th president's hometown.

The news release by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday follows the announcement that the institution had obtained an artifact that "links together" Lincoln's "Springfield friendships, his compassion for wounded soldiers and the mystery of his religious beliefs."

The release says Lincoln's widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, gave the bible to a Baptist minister and family friend seven years after Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. The bible donated will be unveiled on Thursday at a ceremony attended by descendants of Noyes W. Miner will remain on exhibit for the rest of the year.