Artscape 2017 music schedule

Lincoln (movie, 2012)

On the trail of Lincoln's assassination

On the trail of Lincoln's assassination

One hundred and fifty years ago this week, an embittered Maryland-born actor, frustrated over Robert E. Lee's recent surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Va., and determined to avenge the Confederate cause, shot a bullet into the head of President Abraham Lincoln.

April 14, 1865 — Good Friday — was one of the darkest days in American history. The events of that evening at Washington's Ford's Theatre, as joy over the Union's victory was overwhelmed by grief over Lincoln's shooting and uncertainty over the country's fate, continue to grip the American imagination. And nowhere is that more clear than in our continuing fascination with our 16th...