Ford’s Theatre Center
After being shot at Ford’s Theatre, the unconscious president was carried across the street to die at Petersen House. Its tiny,...
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, actor and Confederate sympathizer, assassinated Abraham Lincoln, as the president and Mrs Lincoln...
On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln in his box seat at Ford's Theatre . The theater still operates today,...
The historical theater – where John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln – has staged world- premiere musicals, mostly about Lincoln’s...
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Ford’s Theatre Center information
It’s hard to miss this new addition to the Ford’s complex: a giant Abe peers out from a glass window, and a 34ft stack of Lincoln books (they’re actually an aluminum sculpture) rises in the window. The focus here is not on Lincoln’s death – as at the theater itself and at next-door Petersen House – but on Lincoln’s legacy: how and why he became an icon. Exhibits on the 3rd and 4th floors show the assassination’s aftermath and how presidents across the spectrum have sought to evoke Abe’s spirit. The 2nd floor has classrooms and lecture halls. The 1st floor holds the Lincoln-stuffed gift shop.