From October 9th to October 17th, 2016 I took a long trip through the Midwest of the USA in the company of my friend, Paul Vanderbeke, priest of the Archdiocese of Brussels-Mechlen in Belgium.

In fact, Fr Paul has been visiting me every two years since 2006. With him, I had the chance to travel, besides Colorado memorable places, to Devils Tower and Yellowstone in Wyoming; Bad Lands and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota; Bryce Canyon and Arches National Parks in Utah; Grand Canyon in Arizona, Las Vegas in Nevada, etc.

This time our goal was to see Lincoln’s grave and Museum in Springfield. So, from Boulder, Colorado, we drove through Kansas and St Louis, Missouri. The interest of St Louis was to see with our own eyes the Old Courthouse where the case of Dred and Harriet Scott was litigated in 1856.

Springfield was the climax of our trip with 3 days of stay in the city where we enjoyed the visit to Lincoln’s Museum, Lincoln’s Library, Lincoln’s House and Lincoln’s grave. This trip will remain forever memorable in my mind because of the historical significance it has brought to my understanding of African American history.

From there, we drove back to Colorado through Iowa and Nebraska, with peaceful nights in Iowa City, Omaha and Lincoln. Here are some of the pictures from the trip.





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