150 Year Anniversary Of The Lincoln Assassination

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It was less than a week after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, ending the Civil War, that John Wilkes Booth took the shot that would change America forever.

On the evening of April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary were attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. A confederate spy and actor, Booth, entered the Presidential Box seating area and shot President Lincoln in the back of the head. The President was pronounced dead, early the next morning.

The Derringer pistol used by John Wilkes Booth to shoot Abraham Lincoln. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The Derringer pistol used by John Wilkes Booth to shoot Abraham Lincoln. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Watch the PBS American Experience documentary "The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln" now!

PBS NewsHour will livestream Ford’s Theatre’s tribute event that will include Civil War-era music, readings of Lincoln’s words and stories and excerpts from his favorite theater and operas. The event will feature operatic soprano Alyson Cambridge, singer-songwriter Judy Collins, actor David Selby, political satirist Mark Russell, civil rights leader Julian Bond, historians and others, at 9 p.m. EDT April 14. Watch the live stream here:

Ford’s Theatre will live stream a variety of events commemorating the 150-year anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Last winter, a President Lincoln replica casket made its way through South Dakota, stopping at the South Dakota State Historical Society Museum in Pierre. Click Here, to read more about it.

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Ken Burns Gettysburg Address mashup

What do you think of when someone says "President Abraham Lincoln?" What does he mean to you?

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