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Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Death Has Museums Paying Homage

Features & Advice | Donald Wood | April 02, 2015

Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Death Has Museums Paying Homage

For those who travel to with the purpose of learning, April 15th will mark the 150th anniversary of former United State President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and museums around the country are gearing up to pay homage to the great leader.

According to The Associated Press, places like Washington D.C., Illinois and New York City are all doing something memorable to pay respect to the murdered president. Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. by John Wilkes Booth and died a few hours later on April 15.

In Washington D.C., there is first and foremost the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. For those who have never seen the huge marble statue of the president, this is the first stop on the itinerary.

The second stop must be the Ford’s Theatre. The building will host an exhibit entitled “Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination,” through May 25. Included in the exhibition will be the actual gun Booth used to kill the president and his coat and top hat from the night of the murder.

Add in a stop at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to see the “carriage that carried the president to Ford’s Theatre the night he was shot,” and the journey in Washington D.C. will be complete.

For those in Illinois, President Lincoln’s impact on the state was great, and several historical landmarks will be paying tribute. From Lincoln’s home and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield to Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, almost every site dedicated to Lincoln in the state will have a ceremony or presentation for the 150-year anniversary.

New York has a plethora of museums and libraries that will pay respect to the president, but none more notably than the Morgan Library. The facility is hosting the “Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation,” through June 7. The exhibition will include “includes handwritten speeches, military communiques and letters.”

Lincoln was one of the greatest presidents in our nation’s history, and the 150th anniversary of his death will result in many other historical landmarks and museums paying their respect to the fallen president.

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