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In Pekin the young lawyer Abraham Lincoln won the case of “Black Nance,” involving an escaped slave who had fled into the free state of Illinois. Pekin also is the birthplace and gravesite of Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen.
In early September the Marigold Festival in Mineral Springs Park is held in honor of Sen. Dirksen. The 4-day event features an art festival, a parade and the Medallion Hunt.

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce 402 Court St. PEKIN, IL 61554. Phone:(309)346-2106
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