A historic Abraham Lincoln artifact purchased through the Illinois Proud Penny Drive by Sangamon County schoolchildren is now home in the Capital City and ready for viewing at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to help celebrate Illinois’ 200th birthday this year.

At an event this morning at Feitshans Elementary School, the children of Sangamon County gifted the Sangamon County Minute book to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  In the April of this year, the students raised more than $18,000 during the Illinois Proud Penny Drive to use toward the purchase and preservation of this historic document that was in New York.

“I looked under the couch, I went outside because there was money on the ground that people drop and I saved up my money,” said Brook Gibbons, Feitshans Elementary 5th grade student.

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, who helped organize the Illinois Proud Penny Drive, said the Sangamon County Minute Book includes the written certification to Abraham Lincoln’s "good moral character", which was a necessary certification for a person to become a lawyer in Illinois in the 1860's.