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Ford’s Theatre

Washington, DC

The theater where President Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, has preserved the Presidential Box as it was the night he was shot while watching “Our American Cousin.” The theater also has a museum featuring Lincoln from the beginning of his presidency to the moments leading up to his assassination. These include his life in the White House, the struggles he faced during the Civil War and his meetings with abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Additional exhibits focus on assassin John Wilkes Booth and the roots of his hatred toward Lincoln. The museum features artifacts related to the assassination, including the .44-caliber Derringer pistol Booth used.


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