Opening lines: âHenry Ward Beecher â minister of Brooklynâs famous Plymouth Church â has been called âthe most famous man in America.â His story has been told many times: He had a flair for the dramatic that included conducting sensational mock slave auctions and delivering sermons and speeches that newspapers across America often quoted. He wrote articles that he signed with an asterisk and, therefore, was called the first âstarâ reporter. Abraham Lincoln invited him to deliver the address at the raising of the flag at Fort Sumter at the end of the Civil War because of his support of the Union cause during the war. By contrast, while Beecher was certainly important, Plymouth Church was much more than Beecher.â Have you published a book or do you have an upcoming performance, exhibition, or other arts-related event? Let us know.