The night of April 14, 1865, had a lasting impact on our country’s history.
A crowd of about 1,700 people entered Ford’s Theatre to see the comedy, “Our American Cousin.” What they did not know was that they witnessed one of our nation’s most historic events.
President Abraham Lincoln and his wife were in attendance, watching the play from a balcony.
During the production, John Wilkes Booth fired one shot to the back of Lincoln’s head, before jumping from the balcony to the stage below. Many in the crowd were unaware if this was part of the play, so their response was delayed until they heard Lincoln’s wife scream. By that time, Booth had escaped out the back.
Lincoln was pronounced dead the next morning.