Ford’s Theatre History

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What should happen to a site where a violent event like Lincoln’s assassination takes place? Since 1865, people have answered that question many different ways.

Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House are forever linked with President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. Before then, these ordinary Washington buildings reflected changes in the city. Since, they have reflected and driven changes in how Americans, and people around the world, commemorate Lincoln’s assassination and other violent events.

Explore the history of the site below.