Scene of Lincoln Assassination - Presidential Box

Ford's Theatre has reconstructed the Presidential Box where Abraham Lincoln was seated at the time he was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.

Carol M. Highsmith took this picture, sometime between 1980 and 2006, depicting the reconstruction (including a replica of the red rocking chair in which the President was sitting at the time of the shooting).

Maintained by the Library of Congress, this photo has the following caption:

Theatre box where Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865. Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C.

In addition, curators at the Library provide more information about the photo:

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency.

Lincoln really liked the rocking chair he typically used when watching a performance at Ford's Theatre. He also sometimes wrapped himself in a shawl, during a performance, like he did the night Booth shot him.

We can compare the replica (above) with the real rocking chair (hereafter).

Click on the top image for a beautiful, full-page view.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jan 07, 2016

Updated Last Revision: Nov 28, 2016

Media Credits

Image of photo, described above, maintained at the Library of Congress. Reproduction number: LC-DIG-highsm-11820 (digital file from original) LC-HS503-559 (color film transparency). Public Domain.


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