Abe Lincoln and Pig Statue Recall Write of Quietus
The town of Taylorville, Illinois, wanted to bring tourists into town and decided to erect a statue of Abraham Lincoln, who had worked as a young attorney in the Christian County Courthouse. The original plan was for a statue of Abe on horseback -- but it would have cost $250,000, and there were already statues of Lincoln on horseback. Taylorville wanted something special, and something cheaper.
Now Taylorville has the only statue of Abraham Lincoln and a pig, unveiled on May 28, 2005. It commemorates the day in the 1850s that Lincoln argued a case in the courthouse, some pigs under the floorboards started squealing, and Lincoln asked the judge for a "writ of quietus" to shut them up.
The life-size Abe holds his coat over one shoulder and looks down at a pig at his feet. It's mounted on a granite base on the courthouse lawn, facing northwest towards Springfield.
At the statue's dedication, Taylorville insurance agent Joe Meeks performed his original song, "The Ballad of Mr. Lincoln's Pig." Students in Ms. Anita Grundy's second grade class at North School submitted the winning entry in the "Name the Pig" contest: Liberty.[06/02/2005]
Christian County Courthouse
- W. Main Cross St., Taylorville, IL
- Downtown, on the courthouse lawn, at the corner of W. Main Cross St. and S. Washington St., facing northwest toward Springfield.