PHOTOS: Ford’s Theatre Honors Lincoln With Exhibition, Displays Artifacts

April 14, 2015 marks 150 years since John Wilkes Booth's bullet struck President Abraham Lincoln during a performance of "Our American Cousin." Ford's Theatre, the site of it all, will honor Lincoln this spring with the exhibition "Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination."

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Maxwell MacKenzie
April 14, 2015 marks 150 years since John Wilkes Booth's bullet struck President Abraham Lincoln during a performance of "Our American Cousin."
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Ford's Theatre
Ford's Theatre, the site of Lincoln's assassination, will honor Lincoln this spring with the exhibition "Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination," through May 25.
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For the first time since April 1865, this hallmark exhibition will reunite an extraordinary collection of artifacts that were in the theater or carried by Lincoln the night of his assassination.
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Priceless items on display at the museum's Center for Education and Leadership include Lincoln's top hat, the contents of his pockets, a bloody sleeve cuff, a playbill for the performance.
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"Silent Witnesses" will feature roughly 27 artifacts, including the custom Brooks Brothers overcoat worn by Lincoln the night of the assassination.
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Pictured: Black velvet evening cape believed to have been worn by Mary Todd Lincoln to Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865.
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John Wilkes Boot's derringer pistol used in the assassination.
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"Silent Witnesses" will allow visitors to step into Lincoln's shoes and to examine the historical objects that survived from that evening 150 years ago.
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Maxwell MacKenzie
The exhibition runs through May 25. Tickets are available online here with the purchase of an Acoustiguide ($5). Day-of tickets are limited, and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
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National Museum of American History
In addition, Lincoln’s carriage -- which transported the President, Mary Todd Lincoln, Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée Clara Harris to Ford's Theatre -- will be on display nearby at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
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National Museum of American History
Lincoln’s carriage will be on display at the National Museum of American History through May 25.
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