A new Lincoln film celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Civil War has been unveiled in New York City, a window film that uses decorative window film and creates a new space for African American history in the United States.
The film, titled The Civil War in New England, will be shown at the Lincoln Museum on Tuesday and is being produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation.
It’s a fitting tribute to the centennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, when Union and Confederate troops fought to stop a planned Union-sponsored invasion of Pennsylvania.
After Lincoln’s death, the South’s Civil War legacy was left to his widow, Helen, and his son, Abraham.
In a ceremony in New Orleans in 1885, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated to Lincoln’s wife, Helen.
But, a century later, a new window film was made, using the same materials and techniques to create a visual celebration of the war’s impact.
“When Lincoln died, the Civil Rights movement and the American Civil War were at their height,” said Roberta McKeon, the director of the Lincoln Film Preservation Project.
“In the years to come, it was going to be a very important period for the nation to remember the Civil Wars, because we were really seeing the effects of slavery, and the way that this country was evolving and growing and changing, the way the civil rights movement was evolving.”
Lincoln’s daughter, Emma, said the film was inspired by the Civil American Studies program at Yale.
Its makers say that, in addition to the window film being an effective way to memorialize the Civil war, it will also help celebrate Lincoln’s role as a man of color and the impact of his policies on the Civil rights movement.
There are about 100,000 window films in the U.S., and Lincoln’s film will be a milestone in the film preservation movement, said James M. Stansfield, the executive director of Lincoln Film Center in Los Angeles.
As part of its project, the museum will be displaying two of the window films on display, including one by Abraham Lincoln, who was the son of the first president of the United State.
It’s a reminder that the Civil wars were never an end in themselves, Stanson said.
Lampooning history, and using new techniques to do it in a way that honors Lincoln, is the goal, he said.
“The Lincoln Film project is about trying to bring people together to look at the Civil-War period through a new lens,” Stansland said.