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Posted at 6:30 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Lincoln's coat returns to Ford's Theatre

By Jacqueline Trescott

The original wool overcoat worn by President Lincoln the night of his assassination in 1865 will be placed back on display next month, Ford's Theatre announced.

The historic artifact is rotated off exhibition every six months because of the delicate condition of the blood-stained, black coat. While the original is in storage, a replica of the coat is displayed in the theatre lobby. The original, tailored by Brooks Brothers for the 16th President, returns Feb. 9.

Ford's Theatre has had possession of the coat since 1968, when it reopened as a working theatre and a site where visitors could learn about Lincoln's life in Washington and the fateful events of April 14, 1865. The coat will be placed in a case in the theatre's Atlantic Lobby, an addition to the historic site in 2009 after an 18-month renovation.

Other artifacts in the building's museum, operated by the National Park Service and Ford's Theatre Society, include Lincoln's suit coat, vest, pants, bowtie and boots. Also on display are John Wilkes Booth's derringer and knife and sheath.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 18, 2011; 6:30 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Theater  | Tags:  Abraham Lincoln, Ford's Theatre, Lincoln overcoat, Washington museum  
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