April 14, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. As the first presidential assassination in U.S. history, Lincoln’s death sent shockwaves around the globe in the final days of the Civil War. After his death, Lincoln became a powerful symbol that generations of Americans mobilized in their struggles for freedom and equality.
From letters and diaries, to relics such as fabric from Lincoln’s coffin, to videos produced by students in HIST 2984, “Abraham Lincoln: The Man, the Myth, the Legend,” this exhibit focuses on the reaction to Lincoln’s assassination as well as Lincoln’s enduring legacies in American life.
This exhibition is part of a series of events commemorating Abraham Lincoln in Spring 2015 sponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. For more information, please visit www.civilwar.vt.edu.