On Saturday, May 2, 2015, exactly 150 years after Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest in Springfield, Illinois, his funeral was reenacted. Six years in planning, the monumental historic Abraham Lincoln funeral reenactment included a replica funeral train, replica coffin and replica horse-drawn hearse.
A funeral procession commenced at the very train station to which Lincoln’s body was brought in 1865. It ended on Saturday at the site of the Old Capitol, where Lincoln served early in his political career, before he was elected 16th President of the United States of America.
Following the open ceremonies that included several dignitaries, including Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the coffin remained at the ceremony site, guarded, until the next day, which began with an early morning vigil.
The procession continued on Sunday to Oak Ridge Cemetery, where the original entrance has been reconstructed. The funeral service took place at the receiving vault where Lincoln’s body was kept until the current tomb was constructed.
Skip and I were fortunate enough to be witness to Lincoln’s funeral reenactment. We’ve put together this video montage of the event.
Disclosure: My visit to Springfield was hosted by the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. However, all opinions in this article are my own.