ALPLM exhibit to feature rare items related to Abraham Lincoln's death

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SPRINGFIELD - Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum officials say two silver medallions from the hearse that carried Abraham Lincoln to his grave will be among the items on display next month in a new exhibit about the president's death and funeral.

Officials say the medallions, which were engraved with the city, date, and "In Memoriam A.L.," have not been seen by the public since Lincoln's funeral.  One of the medallions belongs to a private collector in Texas, and the other was found in a St. Louis library's archives.

The medallions will be featured in the presidential library and museum's "A Fiendish Assassination" exhibit, scheduled to open on April 2.  ALPLM officials say many of the items that are featured have never been displayed before.  Some of the items that will be featured include:

- The only surviving photograph of Lincoln in his coffin
- Part of a towel stained with Lincoln's blood
- Robert Lincoln's urgent telegrams asking key advisors to rush to Washington
- A small American flag with stars spelling out “free.” It adorned a sandwich cart at Lincoln's funeral
- A swan feather sent to Lincoln's Tomb by Queen Victoria
- A handle from one of Lincoln's caskets

The exhibit will run until early July, and is one of a series of exhibits and events that mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death.  For more information, visit http://www.alplm.org/.
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