BALTIMORE Md. – Museum officials plan to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train in the B&O Railroad Museum’s Roundhouse in Baltimore, Md., on April 18-19.
A weekend full of commemorative events are planned including scheduled re-enactments of Lincoln’s funeral cortege and placing of the coffin in the center of the Museum’s National Historic Landmark Roundhouse. Visitors will be able to “view” the martyred President in an authentic reproduction of his casket. Civil War soldier and civilian re-enactors will participate in the solemn ceremonies and researched authentic funeral music will be provided by the Federal City Brass Band.
The Museum’s 1863 locomotive “Thatcher Perkins” will accompany the ceremony and be decorated exactly like the Lincoln Funeral Train. Each ceremony will be narrated by noted author and Guest Curator Daniel Carroll Toomey. Times for the formal narrated commemoration are:
- Saturday April 18, 2015: 11:30 AM
- Sunday April 19, 2015: 11:30 AM
Visitors may view the casket, exhibits and interact with soldier and civilian mourners throughout the day. The Museum’s nationally acclaimed exhibit “The War Came by Train” will feature special artifacts, including an exact reproduction of the overcoat Lincoln wore on the night of his assassination made by Brooks Brothers, a hand-made scale model of the Lincoln Funeral Car and Civil War veteran’s ribbons and uniforms in gallery exhibits that highlights the events of the year 1865 and the end of the War.
Courtney B. Wilson, Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum said “…this event will be the largest Lincoln funeral exhibition in Maryland and will commemorate, in a very solemn manner, the arrival of the Lincoln Funeral Train in Baltimore 150 years ago. It will be a remarkable opportunity to return to one of our nation’s saddest and most contemplative events.”
Admission: $18 adults, $16 seniors, $12 children, Free – B&O Members
The B&O Railroad Museum™, a full affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture and economy. The Museum is home to the oldest, most comprehensive collection of railroad artifacts in the Western Hemisphere including an unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment. The 40-acre historic site is regarded as the birthplace of American Railroading and includes the 1851 Mt. Clare Station, the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse and first mile of commercial railroad track in America. For further information on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, please call 410-752-2490 or visit www.borail.org.