On April 14, 1865, President and Mrs. Lincoln attended a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. As the Lincolns watched the play, actor John Wilkes Booth entered their private box and shot the president in the back of the head. This Currier & Ives print depicts the event.
The above print and many other fine objects make up Lincoln Treasures an exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. Celebrating the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, the Museum tells through its collections the story of Abe’s rise, his family life and his lasting legacy. Through August 16, 2009.
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, Chicago, IL.