Lincoln assassination artifacts reunited at Ford’s Theater

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond his famous words, the artifacts President Abraham Lincoln left behind after his assassination were scattered for decades from Washington to Chicago.

Now for the first time since 1865, curators have brought together most of the artifacts from the night the 16th president was shot at Ford’s Theatre just blocks from the White House.

A new exhibition, “Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination,” will be open next Monday through May 25 at the theater’s campus. Curators say it will give an unprecedented look at Lincoln’s death in April 1865 by retracing his final night.

The artifacts come from the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Chicago History Museum and other sites.