Ford's Theatre Hosts Tribute to Lincoln on 150th Anniversary of Assassination (photos)
Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil in front of Ford's Theatre and a wreath-laying ceremony on the steps of the Petersen House commemorating the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s death on April 15, 1865.
Many persons were dressed in authentic period costume. Speakers included Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and James Swanson, author of "Manhunt: the 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer." Actor David Selby recited "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman. Musical performances and the playing of taps were provided by the Federal City Brass Band. Sailors from the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier also participated. The candlelight vigil started on April 14 at 10:15 p.m., the moment of the 1865 assassination. The wreath-laying ceremony started at 7:22 a.m., the next day, at the time of Lincoln's death. Ford's Theatre is owned by the U.S. National Park Service and is located at 514 10th St. NW, Washington D.C.
View our photos of the April 14-15 candlelight vigil and April wreath-laying ceremony by clicking on the photo icons below (all photos by Jeff Malet)