Monday, January 4, 2016

Theft of Lincoln’s hand baffles Illinois Museum

Someone stole Abraham Lincoln’s hand. The crime had no witnesses. There are no suspects. The police are not even certain when the hand disappeared.

About all anyone knows is that a plaster sculpture of the 16th president’s hand, proudly displayed for years at the Kankakee County Museum, has been missing from its shelf since at least Dec. 11.
Any art theft would be jarring in Kankakee, a working-class city about an hour’s drive south of Chicago, but because of its connection to Lincoln, the loss of this sculpture has touched a nerve there.
 
Museum officials had thought that the theft might have been a prank, and that the plaster study would resurface in a few days. The police hoped someone might provide information about the theft after seeing a Facebook post by the department, which included photographs and described the hand as roughly “the size of a 8-10 pound ham.”
The local newspaper, The Daily Journal, published an editorial pleading for the thief to come forward.
“We are blessed to have such a fine museum with an impressive inventory,” the editorial said, “but the collection is not complete without Lincoln’s hands.”
The hand was the work of George Grey Barnard, a sculptor who spent part of his boyhood in Kankakee around the time that Lincoln was assassinated, and whose admiration of Lincoln was a recurring theme in his art. The sculpture was displayed along with other renderings of Lincoln in a wing of the county historical museum built specifically to showcase Mr. Barnard’s work.
 
Connie Licon, the museum’s executive director, said the hand sculpture had been on display since at least 1991. This was the first art theft she said she could remember in more than 20 years at the museum.
“We were devastated. It just brought us all to the floor,” said Ms. Licon, who was alerted to the theft by a custodian who noticed the vacant spot on the shelf. “We’re a small museum, and we just don’t acquire pieces like this.”
The police report estimated its worth at $5,000, but described the artwork as “invaluable.”
“There’s almost no way to put a value on something like that because there’s no market,” said Jack Klasey, a longtime museum volunteer and local historian.
The theft occurred at the beginning of the museum’s busiest month. In December, groups of schoolchildren and others streamed through the museum — past the Barnard sculptures, tributes to local sports heroes and artifacts honoring three Kankakee County natives who served as Illinois governor — to admire Christmas trees decorated by civic groups.
 
In addition to being outraged, museum visitors were perplexed. “I think it’s kind of crazy,” said Kelly Lambert, a college student whose aunt works at the museum. “Why would someone want to walk off with a fake Abraham Lincoln hand?”
 
 
Source: NY Times

81 comments:

DON JAZZY'S DRIVER! said...

The hustle is real....!!

Amina Lawal said...

Lmao


Smart thief



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Peace Alfred said...

Na devil steal am go hell..lmao

Anonymous said...

Lmao


Smart thief



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Godwin Oseezy said...

Wonders!






Wild flowers!

Elvis Ebuka said...

Some people are just crazy.

Anonymous said...

Must have take the thief several yrs to finalize how to steal that...


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EZE CJ said...

End time stealing

Amina Lawal said...

Must have take the thief several yrs to finalize how to steal that...


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STAMFORD QUEEN said...

Smh..next Linda!

Liber said...

If Na Naija, I for talk say Na juju

Starboy Wizkeed said...

Wetin dem wan use hand do? Lol



#LibGotMeUpAllNight

Emmy Blu Modesto said...

Signs of rapture in 2016

Olivia Ngene said...

Ndi oshi















#iT wiLL oNLy gEt beTTer
#iT mUsT eNd iN prAise

Dinma Peace said...

what a world

sandra dunkwu said...

OK.

KELVIN OBIECHIE said...

Pls if na u steal lincoln hand I take God beg u make thunder no fire u..return am...






~make I go drink one bottle of beer~

warri mercyjohnson said...

Lol people don't have chill button
Their cup of tea biko

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

No security cameras

PROPHET BAAL.LINDA FUTURE HUSBAND said...

I see






Prophet Baal typing..................

tosisochukwu said...

Hmmmmm!





















!brightosman aka fake phyno .#gerarahere

SHORTEST DUDE said...

Chisos!

Oyibo thieves no get joy o

Adejoke fasasi said...

Eeya









#Hajia Mufliat

Babylawyer. said...

Lol. Hence there is no proof of who stole it, they should just mold another one and fix it back.
Sefinee.

@Lindaikeji No. I FAN

tsalz c.e.o said...

spirit people

Gbadebo Adeoye said...

Dey shld look for his hand ooooooo.........linda pls is d hand made of gold????




























~PICK UP D CALL~

Dafizy Flamezy said...

Endtime theft. #IamMe

jephthah matthew said...

Lincoln's hand ke??these guyz are therir obsession with art self!

MISS WORLD said...

Hian...

jephthah matthew said...

Lincoln's hand ke? These guyz and their obsession with art self

humbletrizzy said...

The kings handling

Timothy Nelson said...

That's what I call a perfect theft..








#WhoshouldItell

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Na wa o...ppl see money in everything


...merited happiness

First Son said...

Million Dollar.. Smart Theft

Muyiwa Samuel said...

Probably the work of an insider...

First Son said...

Million Dollar.. Smart Theft .. actually I can't see any missing hand

Juliet Iwuno said...

Invisible ole buruku someborri! Linda take note!

Ichebi Christian said...

Lol
The devil stole it

Uzodave Startech said...

Some people can onto any length just to steal. #IRepLIB

Vincent Okechukwu said...

Nah waoh!. Wetin the person wan use am do.

El Fidel said...

There's something fishy abt that stolen hand

Teddy said...

handiwork of some freaks.lol..#my2cents

Etheal Okpa said...

It is called 'spiritual stealing' heheheheh!

iamkyno743@gmail.com (what is Linda Ikeji's native name)? said...

Steal it to do what? Sell it in the black market to some drug lord like we see in the movies right?

benueguy said...

Policemen stole it

kelvin andre said...

Lol. Its just a Statue

Ivy Godspower said...

Smart criminal



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Dammy Grace said...

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babile said...

The hand has disappeared by itself

esthy baby said...

It's well

HUSBAND MATERIAL said...

Hehhehhe American wonder

Teemah Salau said...

E pele

Halfcast Boy said...

then what are they saying bunch of confused people every where, they should free the thief jare

merit edeki said...

Na wa o

His eminence said...

The thief wan use the hand do what?

Odey Patrick said...

Noted

STELLA JOSEPH said...

thief na thief even if watin in go thief dey useless

Francissub said...

Maybe d CCTv and d security light is off "wink"

Pesin Pikin said...

Noted...will be on the look out for it

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigomma kingsley Wenceslaus said...

Hahahaha nawa for some people o.

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigommakings@yahoo.com
Delsu am here.

Nwariaku Munachi said...

The thieves had better return that hand.

omidan abby said...

Loool. Bring back Abraham's hand pls lol

Kingsly Anyaegbu said...

Lolz,dm must survive.










#linda give me 1bo#

Kingsly Anyaegbu said...

Lolz,dm must survive.










#linda give me 1bo#

lilian chinomso said...

Okay

Ogbonna Chinyere said...

COS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE PERSON LOL *GBAM*

Gay Nigerian said...

LoL! Thief be this ooo ha ha
Why pesin go steal Lincoln hand? He wan use am dey masturbate? Ha ha
Why evils

Laura laura said...

lol.. his hand??? there's nothing that won't miss o abi be stolen..... bring back the hand ooo

QUI OO. said...

SEEN

Vivian Reginalds said...

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA Odiegwu
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

BEAUTIFUL9JADELTA said...

BEAUTIFUL9JADELTABABE .. ok ohh hmm me am Justsayingmaown via ma LATEST TECHNO F7.
@lindaikeji d lindus. Am still waiting ohh

seyi okusanwo said...

Lol. People dey vex

temitope faizat said...

Seen

adewale okeowo said...

choiii is the hand dah useful

Ogenah Boris said...

Smart theif

Emmanuel Nnorom said...

Lmao

Bibian Obunse said...

Lol

Anonymous said...

Stupid thief

Viano said...

The love of Lincoln..just passing by.

Viano said...

The love of Lincoln

Angel Makiz said...

what is the thief going to do with Lincoln's hand...angelmakiz@yahoo.com

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