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Rudy Dale | all galleries >> The Art of U.S. National Parks Signs > Ford's Theatre
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Fords Theatre
18-NOV-2006 Thanh Nguyen

Ford's Theatre

Washington, DC

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site -

Forever etched into American memory for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, whose compassion and strength we could only appreciate as the tears went by.

America's transfer from civil war to peace was made more difficult on April 14, 1865, when Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed, just five days after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. A well-known actor, John Wilkes Booth, desperate to aid the dying Confederacy, stepped into the president's box. Booth's decision to pull the trigger altered the nation's power to reconstruct after the war. Booth escaped into the night as Abraham Lincoln was carried to the Petersen boarding house across the street. It was there that President Lincoln died early the next morning, and became the first American president to be assassinated.

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