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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lincoln Assassination Artifacts Reunited

Above, the presidential box at Ford's Theater where Lincoln was shot. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

For those who are interested in U.S. history, particularly Civil War history, you are in for a very rare treat.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, various artifacts connected to the assassination have been collected and are now on display at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.

According to ABC News:
Beyond his famous words, the tangible artifacts President Abraham Lincoln left behind after his assassination were scattered for decades, kept in family collections and by the government and museums from Washington to Chicago. 
Now for the first time since April 1865, curators have brought together most of the artifacts from the night the 16th president was shot at Ford's Theatre just blocks from the White House. A new exhibition, "Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination," running from next Monday to May 25 at the theater's campus will give an unprecedented look at Lincoln's death 150 years later.
The artifacts that have been brought to Ford's Theater include the Deringer pistol John Wilkes Booth used to kill President Lincoln.

I visited Ford's Theater in 1982 and found their permanent display of artifacts interesting enough. But the addition of more artifacts makes a return visit very tempting.

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