Ford’s 150: Remembering the Lincoln Assassination

On April 14 and 15, 2015, the streets of Washington, D.C., were filled with thousands of people paying tribute to Abraham Lincoln and his legacy. Students, historians, Lincoln enthusiasts and media from across America and the globe joined us for 36 hours of continuous programming on the Ford’s campus.

On the evening of April 14, 2015, we streamed a special commemorative performance, Now He Belongs to the Ages, live from Ford’s Theatre with appearances by musicians, Civil Rights leaders, notable authors and more. Afterward, 4,000 people filled Tenth Street NW for a memorable candlelight vigil in President Lincoln’s honor. The morning of April 15, thousands joined us in front of the Petersen House to help us mark the time of Lincoln’s death with a wreath-laying ceremony, and bells tolled across the city.

We at Ford’s are honored by the ways that all of you participated—either in person, on social media, or by watching events live on television or online. From all of us who helped organize, publicize and staff the events on campus, thank you for participating and for making Ford’s 150 a truly remarkable experience. We’d like to share with you a video recap of highlights from some of the events.

And we’re not done yet! Ford’s 150 commemorations continue throughout the spring and summer. Did you know…

Our new digital project Remembering Lincoln highlights how everyday Americans reacted to the news of Lincoln’s assassination. Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service have partnered with Google Cultural Institute to share interactive online exhibitions about the Lincoln assassination conspirators and the history of Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House. Tour the Ford’s campus from any computer, tablet or smart phone! Our special exhibition, Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination is extended through May 29. The Lincoln Carriage continues to be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The musical Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War plays at Ford’s through May 20, 2015. We’re hosting 20-person guided tours of the Theatre on certain Sundays through the spring and summer. And performances of One Destiny and our History on Foot walking tours continue in the spring and summer.

We hope to see you soon at the Ford’s Theatre campus!