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Sign: New York - Union Square Route - The funeral procession of President Lincoln

14 Street - Union Sq Station, New York, NY 10003, USA
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The Lincoln funeral cortege passed up Broadway and through Union Square on April 25, 1865

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Part of a series of 22 plaques surrounding Union Square depicting the history of the square from 1600 to 1882 - the year in which the first Labor Day Parade took place at Union Square, and labor movement events that were held in the United States (Union)

The plaques are made of bronze, designed by Gregg LeFevre and set up in 2002

Abraham Lincoln The 16th President of the United States was assassinated on April 14, 1865 by theater actor John Wilkes Booth while performing at the Ford Theater in Washington. After the murder, ceremonies lasted 3 weeks. The voyage was carried on the "Funeral Train" with the Lincoln’s Coffin that left Washington on April 21, 1865, traveling slowly and stopping in major cities in the United States where ceremonies were held, until its final stop in Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln was buried on May 4, 1865.

The sign appears to have been taken from a photo that appeared in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, May 13, 1865. See the photo on the Dickenson College website President Lincoln’s Funeral Procession on Broadway, New York City, April 25, 1865

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