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Pope Francis to use Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address lectern for Independence Hall speech

  • The lectern President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address is seen as John Meko, with The Union League of Philadelphia, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Philadelphia. Pope Francis will use the lectern when he speaks outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall in September. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    The lectern President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address is seen as John Meko, with The Union League of Philadelphia, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Philadelphia. Pope Francis will use the lectern when he speaks outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall in September. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • The lectern President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address is seen before a news conference at The Union League of Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Philadelphia. Pope Francis will use the lectern when he speaks outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall in September. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    The lectern President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address is seen before a news conference at The Union League of Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Philadelphia. Pope Francis will use the lectern when he speaks outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall in September. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Robert Ciaruffoli, second from right, President of the World Meeting of Families, speaks next to  the lectern President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address, left, during a news conference at The Union League of Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Philadelphia. Pope Francis will use the lectern when he speaks outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall in September. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Robert Ciaruffoli, second from right, President of the World Meeting of Families, speaks next to the lectern President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address, left, during a news conference at The Union League of Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Philadelphia. Pope Francis will use the lectern when he speaks outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall in September. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

When Pope Francis speaks outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall in September, he will stand at the same lectern that President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address.

Later this month, conservators will remove the lectern from its display space at The Union League of Philadelphia to prepare it for the pontiff's speech.

Its loan for the pope's use Sept. 26 was announced Friday by the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families, which the pope will be attending.

Lincoln used the lectern on Nov. 19, 1863, to dedicate part of the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg as a cemetery. It's now one of the most famous speeches in American history.