Lincoln Funeral Pall, April 28, 1865

Black silk cloth used to drape over Lincoln’s coffin while his body lay in state in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 28, 1865. The same cloth later covered the coffin of President James A. Garfield, who in 1881 became the second president to be assassinated. The date of April 25, 1865 on the pall's label is incorrect. Lincoln's body lay in state in Cleveland on April 28, 1865—on April 25, Lincoln's funeral train was in New York.
Gift of the Lake County Historical Society, 1962
Currently not on view
Object Name
coffin cover
associated date
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
Garfield, James A.
Physical Description
black (overall color)
fabric, sateen (overall with fringe material)
overall: 142 in x 62 in; 360.68 cm x 157.48 cm
associated place
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
See more items in
Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
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