The Lincoln Tribute
April 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the assassination
of President Abraham Lincoln. To commemorate the event, Ford's
Theatre held a
round-the-clock tribute on April 14-15.
On Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 PM ET,
He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration took place at Ford's Theatre.
The event included readings of Lincoln’s
words and stories, Civil War-era music, and excerpts from
Lincoln’s favorite theatre and operas, and more. Participants
included General Colin Powell, Julian Bond, Judy Collins, Eugene
Robinson, Harold Holzer, and James Swanson.
As one of the few actors to have portrayed Abraham Lincoln on
the stage of Ford's Theatre, David Selby was invited to
participate in this event, giving voice to Lincoln's words
throughout the evening.
Only a limited number of tickets were made available to the
general public for Now He Belongs to the Ages, and they
were quickly claimed; however,
the event was live-streamed online and at the Smithsonian's
National Portrait Gallery.
Photos from the event are posted on the
Ford's Theatre Facebook page. General Colin Powell has also
posted photos on
his Facebook page.
On Wednesday, April 15, at 7:22 AM ET, the anniversary of the
moment of President Lincoln's death at the Petersen House,
across the street from Ford's Theatre, a
wreath-laying ceremony took place. David Selby participated
in the wreath-laying ceremony, reciting Walt Whitman's "O
Captain! My Captain!"
The wreath-laying ceremony was broadcast live on C-SPAN2 and
is archived on the C-SPAN web site.
Click here to view it.