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Apr 15, 2015

Abraham Lincoln Shot 150 Years Ago

Abraham Lincoln Shot 150 Years Ago

On April 15 the United States commemorates the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Events will include the re-enactment of his funeral in Springfield, Illinois, as well as talks and plays at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C., where Confederate sympathiser John Wilkes Booth shot him in 1865. Lincoln, who kept the Union together in the American Civil War and helped secure the end of slavery, has enduring appeal both in the United States and worldwide: his life is celebrated at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., five-dollar bills carry his image and Stephen Spielberg directed the 2012 film bearing the 16th president's name.

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The presidential box is arranged April 3, 2015 identically to the way it was the night U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot through this doorway at Ford's Theatre in Washington. On April 15 the United States commemorates the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Events will include the re-enactment of his funeral in Springfield, Illinois, as well as talks and plays at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C., where Confederate sympathiser John Wilkes Booth shot him in 1865. Lincoln, who kept the Union together in the American Civil War and helped secure the end of slavery, has enduring appeal both in the United States and worldwide: his life is celebrated at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., five-dollar bills carry his image and Stephen Spielberg directed the 2012 film bearing the 16th president's name. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

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U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is seen in a seated portrait taken by Anthony Berger in Washington February 9, 1864, in an archive image from the Library of Congress. The image from this sitting was the basis for the engraved portrait on the US five dollar bill, according to the Library of Congress. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A visitor views an exhibit about U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois March 21, 2015. WHITNEY CURTIS/REUTERS

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John Wilkes Booth is seen in a seated portrait by photographer Alexander Gardner believed to have been taken in Washington in 1865, in this image from the archives of the Library of Congress. Wilkes was a well-known stage actor who assassinated U.S. President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, in Washington. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A young visitor views a display of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois March 21, 2015. WHITNEY CURTIS/REUTERS

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U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is seen in one of five poses taken by photographer Alexander Gardner ten weeks before Lincoln was assassinated, in Washington February 5, 1865, from the archives of the Library of Congress. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's statue at the Lincoln Memorial is seen in Washington March 27, 2015. The 170 ton, 19 foot high statue, formed from 28 blocks of Georgia marble, was sculpted by Daniel Chester French and dedicated in 1922. GARY CAMERON/REUTERS

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U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is seen in a stereo photo card from the archives of the Library of Congress taken by U.S. government photographer Lewis Emory Walker in Washington February, 1865. Lincoln's short haircut was perhaps suggested by Lincoln's barber to faciliate taking of his life mask by artist Clark Mills, according to the Library of Congress. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Crowds stand on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington during an Easter morning sunrise religious service April 5, 2015. JIM BOURG/REUTERS

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The headline of The National News reports on the shooting of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in Washington April 14, 1865, in this archive image from the Library of Congress. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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Abraham Lincoln's iconic silk top hat, which he was wearing the night he was assassinated, is part of the museum display at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., March 20 2015. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

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Crowds are seen gathered along Pennsylvania Avenue to view the funeral procession of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in this archive image from the Library of Congress taken in Washington April 19, 1865. President Lincoln's funeral was held at the White House and his body was moved to the U.S. Capitol where he lay in state before traveling by rail to Springfield, Illinois, where he was buried. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's blood-stained gloves that were tucked into his coat pocket at the time of his assassination are displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois March 21, 2015. WHITNEY CURTIS/REUTERS

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An educational prop showing the reward offered for John Wilkes Booth is seen after Abraham Lincoln presenter and historian John Voehl gave a history lecture to students at Vandenberg Middle School at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California March 27, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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The single-shot Deringer pistol John Wilkes Booth used to kill Abraham Lincoln is displayed at the Center for Education and Leadership at Ford's Theatre in Washington, March 20, 2015. U.S. President Lincoln was shot April 14, 1865, by the Confederate sympathizer Booth in the presidential box at the theater. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

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Abraham Lincoln presenter and historian John Voehl arrives to give a history lecture dressed as Lincoln at Vista del Monte retirement community in Santa Barbara, California March 31, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Uncut sheets of U.S. five-dollar bills with the image of President Abraham Lincoln are inspected through a magnifying glass at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C., March 26, 2015. GARY CAMERON/REUTERS

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Abraham Lincoln presenter and historian John Voehl, dressed as Lincoln, gives a history lecture to students at Goleta Valley Junior High School in Goleta, California March 27, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A one cent U.S. coin depicting Abraham Lincoln is shown in this photo Illustration in Encinitas, California March 26, 2015. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

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A sign on the side of power plant along Interstate 55 advertises the city's tourist attractions in Springfield, Illinois March 21, 2015. WHITNEY CURTIS/REUTERS

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A visitor touches a mold of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's face at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois March 21, 2015. WHITNEY CURTIS/REUTERS

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An actor dressed as President Abraham Lincoln plays soccer with young fans on the National Mall during a celebration of ten years of play for Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals franchise in Washington, D.C., April 3, 2015. "Abe" is one of a group of mascots called "The Racing Presidents" who perform at the baseball team's games. JIM BOURG/REUTERS

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Various global stamps with the image of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln are displayed in the visitor center at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2015. GARY CAMERON/REUTERS

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Tourists leave a souvenir shop across the street from Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2015. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot April 14, 1865, by the Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth in the presidential box at the theater while the president and a few guests watched the play Our American Cousin. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

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Michael Naylor sits behind the counter of his antique store, Abe's Old Hat, across from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois March 21, 2015. WHITNEY CURTIS/REUTERS

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A young woman talks on the phone outside the Lincoln Waffle Shop across the street from Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. March 20, 2015. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot April 14, 1865, by the Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth in the presidential box at the theater while the president and a few guests watched the play Our American Cousin. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

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Joseph Atkin wears a Statue of Liberty costume as he promotes Liberty Tax services in front of a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Chicago, Illinois, March 24, 2015. JIM YOUNG/REUTERS

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A giant bust of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln by artist David Adickes in a field outside of Williston, North Dakota, in this file photo taken March 14, 2013. SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS

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A restaurant named after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is seen in Chicago, Illinois, March 21, 2015. JIM YOUNG/REUTERS

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The presidential box is arranged April 3, 2015 identically to the way it was the night U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot through this doorway at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.. JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

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