Today, we’ll take a tour at Ford’s Theatre, famous for being ”The site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination”. But, first, here’s a shot of the country’s federal law enforcement body – the F.B.I., just a few steps away. Too bad it hadn’t yet existed in Lincoln’s time!The tour starts across the street, in the gift shop, until it’s time to join the line outside the theatre. The line forms outside rain or shine, so come prepared on rainy days. There is some free time in the museum, where one can learn more about the plot, see the gun used in Lincoln’s assassination and look at family photos, including those of Lincoln’s son William, who passed away when he was just 11 years old, ill with typhoid.
Ford’s Theatre photographed by Mathew Brady between 1862 and 1975.
Finally, the theatre where our ranger came on stage to tell one of the greatest crime stories of all time. It goes like this:
”On April 14, 1865, in full view of a theatre audience packed to the walls and celebrating the impending end of a brutal war, the President of the United States was assassinated. The murderer was not only seen by all, he was instantly recognizable to most. And he got away…”
You can take a virtual tour and uncover aspects of the plot, on Ford’s Theatre website.
April 24th, 2017