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President Abraham Lincoln's Assassination Tour

April 15, 2011

Date: 04/15/2011 Location: Washington, DC Description: Washington Foreign Press Center historic walking tour to sites in downtown Washington, DC associated with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. - State Dept Image

April 15, 2011; Washington, DC.
Contact: Washington Foreign Press Center Media OfficerAlison Mann
Telephone: 202-504-6362; email:

On April 15, the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death, the Foreign Press Center accompanied international media from Croatia, China the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Korea, Japan, and Serbia on a historic walking tour to sites in downtown Washington, DC associated with his assassination. Anthony Pitch, local historian and author of the acclaimed book, “They’ve Killed Papa Dead,” guided the tour, explaining the events based upon the research he uncovered at the Library of Congress and the National Archives. The journalists walked from the White House to Ford’s Theater, learning much of the assassination previously unknown to them—such as the wounding of an officer in Lincoln’s theater box, and the dramatic assassination attempt on Secretary of State William Seward at his home in Lafayette Square. The tour concluded with a brief visit to the interior theater, for journalists to get a first-hand view at Lincoln’s box, and to gauge for themselves the distance James Wilkes Booth, the assassin, jumped to the stage after shooting the president. After the tour the journalists applauded the guide, and expressed how interesting and informative the trip had been. Czech TV did a one-on-one interview, asking Mr. Pitch provocative questions about the modern legacy of the War and the assassination.