Legacy of President Lincoln Remembered in Springfield

The Lincoln Funeral Coalition organized a series of events to mark the 150th anniversary of the return of President Abraham Lincoln’s remains to Illinois. On May 2 and May 3, the event included ceremonies, lectures, workshops, and two one-day ceremonial processions featuring costumed reenactors. Saturday’s procession represented the delivery of the remains from the original railroad line to the Old State Capitol (where Lincoln was viewed on May 3-4, 1865), and on Sunday reenactors paid homage to Lincoln’s memory as they proceeded from the Old State Capitol to Oak Ridge Cemetery. Their destinations, the Old State Capitol and Lincoln’s Tomb, are State of Illinois historic sites open to the public.

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