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Mo Rocca's report on Lincoln and Kentucky to air Sunday

Kentuckians and their opinions about native son Abraham Lincoln will be featured on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend.

Mo Rocca, a contributor to Sunday Morning, was in Frankfort and Danville in January to report the segment. He talked to students and adults as they went through the Kentucky Historical Society's HistoryMobile, a 45-foot tractor-trailer carrying an exhibit featuring Lincoln.

The segment is scheduled to air at 9 a.m. Sunday, three days after Thursday's 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth near Hodgenville. The national commemoration of Lincoln's birth doesn't end until Feb. 12, 2010.

During his visit to Frankfort, Rocca said the segment will examine "the real love and affection" Americans have for the 16th president.

"It's not so much that he's superhuman, but it's that he's almost extra-human," Rocca told a gathering in the lobby of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. "All the greatest human qualities he has in extra abundance: tenderness, sympathy, even sadness. Everyone describes him as the most tender person they'd ever met, or that he had the saddest eyes they'd ever seen."

The HistoryMobile exhibit explores Lincoln's childhood, his career from log house to the White House, and his struggles to end slavery and lead the nation through the Civil War. The HistoryMobile will visit communities and schools throughout the state as part of the Lincoln Bicentennial.

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