Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and is among the most influential leaders to ever hold the office. He won the election as a Republican, but according to a plaque at a public university in Illinois, Lincoln’s home state, he was a Democrat.
The plaque has been at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago since 1905. The inscription reads, “This building is dedicated to public service honoring the memory of Abraham Lincoln Democrat.”
Although many Republicans were angered when a photo of the inscription recently went viral, the university maintains there’s nothing wrong with it.
“According to building archives, the word democrat was used because Lincoln was an advocate for democracy — the political or social equality of all people,” campus officials stated in a press release, according to The College Fix. “The word was not chosen to reflect a political affiliation. … Northeastern Illinois University recognizes the context that this plaque was created and intends to uphold its integrity.”
Fox News reports that Lincoln won the White House in 1860 as a Republican and was later re-elected in 1864 before being assassinated in 1865. A synopsis of his political career at WhiteHouse.gov notes that Lincoln “built the Republican Party into a strong national organization” as president.
An Illinois nonprofit group seeks to have the information on the plaque changed.
“It’s very deceiving, especially in the political climate we’re in,” Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, told FoxNews.com. “There are many different ways to go about it. We just want it replaced with one that’s historically accurate.”