"In Memory of Abraham Lincoln: The Reward of the Just," 1865

Now, He Belongs to the Ages

Shortly after leading the North to victory, Lincoln died at the hands of an assassin, John Wilkes Booth, a well-known actor, Confederate sympathizer, and avowed white supremacist. Lincoln’s tragic death and elaborate state funeral made him a national hero but his life and legacy have been sharply debated by successive generations. In this section, trace Lincoln’s evolving and enduring place in American memory.

Trace Lincoln’s changing place in national memory.