Commemoration of 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Springfield Funeral

The 150th anniversary of the funeral of Abraham Lincoln was commemorated in Springfield on May 2 and 3, 2015. Thousands of people participated in the various events that included lectures and church services, lunch-eons and teas, school children visits and open houses, exhibits and receptions and encampments and a reenactment of the arrival of Lincoln’s body and the funeral procession from downtown Springfield to Oak Ridge Cemetery’s receiving vault. The emotion engendered by the hearse and procession entering Oak Ridge Cemetery, as shown in the photograph to the right, was extraordinary. A 200-voice choir quietly sang, a sole drummer beat out a slow tempo, the slow and deliberate clip-clopping of the horses and the tolling of the Oak Ridge Cemetery bell in the tower (shown in the photograph) combined to create a solemn mood seldom experienced. The entire commemoration cannot be adequately described in words, but the photographs printed on pages 10 and 11 will give a sense of the events.

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