Upcoming events mark anniversary of Sanitary Fair.

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"President Abraham Lincoln" is expected to attend the wreath laying on June 14 at the Allegheny County Soldiers Monument in West Park.

The ceremony at the stone memorial, located near the National Aviary on Pittsburgh's North Side, will be part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of The Pittsburgh Sanitary Fair. Members of the Allegheny City Society organized the event.

The sanitary fair was a regional fundraiser to benefit wounded and ill Union soldiers during the Civil War. The fair was held June 1-16, 1864, on the Commons of what was then the separate city of Allegheny.

The free program on June 14 will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, 416 W. North Ave. It will feature a variety of "first-person" presenters talking about the sanitary fair and their war-time experiences. Historical figures portrayed will include President Lincoln; Rachel McFadden, president of the fair's Ladies Committee; the Rev. John B. Clark, who served as colonel of the 123rd Pennsylvania Infantry; Martin Delany, an African-American abolitionist leader, physician and U.S. Army officer; and Cpl. Jacob B. Funk, a soldier and color bearer born in Allegheny.

The event will conclude with a walk to the nearby monument for the wreath-laying.


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