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Meet William de Fleurville who knew Lincoln before either moved to Springfield, who became one of the wealthiest men in town, whose barbershop became Lincoln's “second home".”, and in whose elegant full length mirror Lincoln often saw himself reflected.
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Glennette Tilley Turner's Billy the Barber's Mirror: Reflecting on an Untold Lincoln Story is a much needed clear and concise look at one of the most important people in the life of Abraham Lincoln—William de Fleurville, Lincoln's African American friend and barber. Turner's wonderful glimpse into Billy the barber's mirror is a beginning into further examination of the often ignored constructive role Springfield African Americans played in Lincoln's Springfield. Richard E. Hart Past President of the Abraham Lincoln Association Mrs. Turner paints the picture of a man, William de Fleurville (“Billy the Barber”), who undoubtedly influenced history through shared insight, fellowship, and trust that exemplified his friendship with Abraham Lincoln. Further, in the historical review, she illustrated the significance of character beyond the confines of the color of one's skin. As descendants we can claim de Fleurville's lineage and color, but in his legacy and his character that can be claimed y all. Norman Willis, Rita Phelps, Gary Dean Rollins “A most unusual friendship between a long and lanky white man and a colored barber”...that is how the relationship between the future president, Abraham Lincoln, and Willian de Fleurville (Florville), “Billy th Barber,” can be summed up. Born in Haiti in 1806, arriving in Springfield in 1831, and eventually establishing himself as a successful entrepreneur and community leader, before Lincoln;s arrival in 1837, Florville became Lincoln's barber as well as his confidant and friend. This friendship lasted even after Lincoln left Springfield to become the 16th President. The two men remained fast friends until Lincoln's death in 1865. With this book, Mrs. Turner has helped to dispel the myth that Lincoln's circle of friends in Springfield did not include “people of color”. A little known story that deserves to be widely known. Kathryn M. Harris Library Services Director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library For ordering information, e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org Author is available for Skype appearances
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