Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on anti-racist work and the 2020-2021 season at Ford’s Theatre.

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How did people react when they learned of President Lincoln’s assassination?

On April 14, 1865, the actor, Confederate sympathizer, and white supremacist John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died the following morning.

Immediately, word of Lincoln’s death spread around the United States and eventually circled the globe.

How did people react? In this activity, you’ll take a tour of the United States, exploring that question. What you’ll find may surprise you.

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