Cemetery Speaker Series: The Lincoln Assassination

By Historic Congressional Cemetery (other events)

Saturday, April 15 2023 1:00 PM 2:30 PM EDT

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head while watching a play at Ford's Theatre. The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, jumped to the stage floor and fled. The next day, April 15, President Lincoln died as a result of his wounds. With Booth's escape, the largest manhunt in American history ensued as law enforcement and military searched for the assassin. Aided by fellow conspirators such as David Herold, Booth evaded authorities until Army soldiers located Booth at a local farm. Surrounded, Booth was shot and killed in that fateful confrontation. Eventually, 8 other conspirators, including Herold, were implicated in the conspiracy and subsequently executed after a trial by military tribunal.

The story of the 16th President's assassination is a well known one. Hundreds of books, thousands of articles, and dozens of special exhibits are just some of the ways this story has been told. But have you ever seen the story told using the graves of those involved with the assassination?

In partnership with our friends at Ford's Theatre, please join us on April 15th, 158 years after Lincoln's death, from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM for a special event. One part speaking engagement and one part docent led tour, the inaugural event in our Cemetery Speaker Series features keynote remarks on the Lincoln Assassination from Ford's Theatre's Jake Flack followed by a complimentary docent led tour of the gravesites of individuals related to the assassination, including David Herold, Charles Forbes, and others.

Tickets are only $5 and all proceeds go to benefitting our non-profit mission of historical preservation and education. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot today! Keynote remarks will take place either outside or inside the Chapel, weather depending and the walking tour will take place on the grounds. The tour is approximately 45 minutes in length. Please come prepared with comfortable clothing and shoes, as the tours often stray from the main paths.

Refreshments and alcoholic beverages will be for sale near the speaking area.

The event is rain or shine. Smoking is prohibited and dogs are not allowed to attend the event unless they are a service animal.

You will not need to present a ticket. Please bring photo ID and you will be checked in using a list.

Our Speaker:

Jake Flack

Jake Flack serves as the Deputy Director of Education at Ford's Theatre.  Mr. Flack oversees the student visit program with a special focus on District of Columbia Public school students and teachers.  In addition he oversees the summer professional development programs, Civil War Washington, and The Seat of War and Peace which brings teachers from around the country to Washington to learn about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Prior to joining Ford’s in 2008 Mr. Flack taught U.S. History for five years in the New Orleans Public Schools. As a native Washingtonian and K – 12th graduate of the D.C. Public Schools, Mr. Flack has a particular interest in engaging local students and teachers in the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Washington.

To learn more about the Cemetery Speaker Series, check out our main page HERE.

To learn more about our partner, Ford's Theatre, please click HERE.


Mailing Address

1801 E Street, SE Historic Congressional Cemetery