Chair In Which Lincoln Was Shot Takes Center Stage

Courtesy: Henry Ford Museum

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan museum that’s home to the chair in which President Abraham Lincoln was shot is offering a closer glimpse of the pivotal piece of history to mark the assassination’s 150th anniversary.

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn will remove the chair from its glass enclosure on April 15, the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s death. It will be displayed in a plaza area. Museum admission will be free.

Two days earlier, the chair will be onstage with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” is set to talk about Lincoln’s experiences and their current relevance as part of an event with an admission cost.

Goodwin tells The Associated Press that the chair possesses “an intimacy … that catapults you back in time.”

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