Lincoln’s Death

Lincoln’s Last Address
On April 11, 1865, Abraham Lincoln gave his last public speech. He advocated extending the vote to “very intelligent” African American citizens and veterans. Before this speech, no president had ever publically endorsed even limited suffrage for African Americans.

John Wilkes Booth was in the crowd. He turned to his co-conspirator, Lewis Powell, and exclaimed, “That is the last speech he will ever make.” Three days later Booth assassinated the president.

Lincoln's Hat

Lincoln's Hat

Abraham Lincoln wore this hat the night he was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865.
National Museum of American History

At Ford’s Theatre

At Ford’s Theatre

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, April 29, 1865
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum