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APRIL 14 AND 15, 2015


President Barack Obama to Declare April 15 Day of Remembrance


Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration

Performance at Ford’s Theatre to be Simulcast

at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and on


Candlelight Vigil Planned for Evening of April 14, 2015


Wreath-Laying Event at Petersen House (Where Lincoln Died)

Morning of April 15, 2015

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and

James L. Swanson, Author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer


Washington, D.C.— Ford’s Theatre commemorates the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and death on April 14 and 15 with around-the-clock programming at the Ford’s Theatre campus. President Barack Obama will proclaim a Day of Remembrance for President Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death— April 15, 2015.

Plans include: unprecedented access to the Ford's Theatre Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership throughout the day and night; ranger talks and performances of the Society’s one-act play One Destinyself-guided or historian-led tours of the Theatre; free midday panel discussions featuring historians and scholars addressing national mourning and legacy; outdoor History on Foot walking tours; a moving evening tribute to Abraham Lincoln, Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration, at Ford’s Theatre on April 14 at 9 p.m., followed by a candlelight vigil on Tenth Street NW that willfeature more than 150 living historians in Civil War attire.

On the morning of April 15, Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service will host a wreath-laying ceremonybeginning at 7:22 a.m. on the steps of the Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died). The Federal City Brass Band will play “Taps” to mark the time of Lincoln’s death at 7:22 a.m., followed by a wreath laying and speaking program with remarks by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and James L. Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. At 8 a.m. on April 15, bells will toll at locations across Washington, D.C., including at the Washington National Cathedral. Entries to the Ford’s Theatre campus continue throughout the day on April 15 until the final entry at 4:30 p.m. A performance of the musicalFreedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the historic theatre.

Tickets are required for all inside entries at the Ford’s Theatre campus (including Ford's Theatre Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership, performances of One Destiny and Freedom’s Song). Visit for advance reservations. Street events do not require tickets.

Ford’s 150 programming also includes the extraordinary museum exhibition at the Center for Education and Leadership through May 25, Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln AssassinationSilent Witnesses showcases two dozen priceless items that President Lincoln carried or that were in Ford’s Theatre the night of his assassination. Included are: Abraham Lincoln’s Top Hatcuff buttonsa Brooks Brothers Great Coat and the contents of his pockets from the night of the assassina
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