April 8, 2015 – The chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot will be on display in a rare, open-air exhibition April 15 to honor the 150th anniversary of the president’s assassination. The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan, is taking the upholstered rocking chair out of its protective glass case for the one-day-only event.
On April 14, 1865, five days after General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army at Appomattox, Lincoln was watching a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., when he was mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth, a Southern sympathizer. The president never regained consciousness and died the next day.
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