Frank Williams

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In Rhode Island, Frank Williams is known as a former chief justice of the State Supreme Court. But among Civil War enthusiasts, he is known as an authority on all things Abraham Lincoln. He’s also the owner of a vast collection of more than 17,000 Civil War artifacts. He's now donating his collection to Mississippi State University.

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The Providence Public Library has opened a new exhibit on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.  The exhibit is a traveling one that has been making its way around the country for the past couple of years.

The traveling Lincoln exhibit is a series of panels that encircle the reference room at the Providence Public Library.  Library spokeswoman Tonia Mason said the focus is on the constitutional challenges Lincoln faced as he took office in 1860.