Sunday, March 29, 2015

More Law Day

Abe Lincoln at Law Day Observance

More Law Day

Abraham Lincoln checks his notes during a break in festivites celebrating Law Day at the Olde Courthouse in Mt. Holly. Actor Christian Johnson impersonated our 16th President and gave awards to the winners of the Law Day art contest and performed a monologue on Lincoln's life. The theme of this year's contest and Law Day Celebration was “A Legacy of Liberty: Celebrating Lincoln’s Bicentennial.”







Abe had to go through a security screening before entering the courtroom just like everyone else when he arrived. He chatted with sheriff's officer George Hustak during a coffee break.








I've photographed every president since Jimmy Carter, but never Abraham Lincoln.  Now I got the opportunity twice in one month. Just a few weeks ago I photographed Jim Getty's one-man performance, "A Visit With Mr. Lincoln,” at Perkiomen Valley Middle School (below).


Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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