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Lincoln’s Assassination and the Escape of John Wilkes Booth

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Even though President Lincoln had premonitions that he was going to be assassinated, he was sitting in the unguarded President’s Box at Ford’s Theatre when he was shot by John Wilkes Booth. Controversy erupted in 1907 when witnesses said that the man who was shot in the Garrett barn was not Booth and that he had escaped and committed suicide in Enid, Oklahoma, in 1903. The Booth family’s request in 2013 to extract DNA to settle the controversy has been rejected by the museum. (Presentation lasts 35 to 45 minutes and includes a PowerPoint; a screen or blank wall will be needed.)

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Patricia McNeely

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