Theatre reopens for Lincoln bicentenary





Ford's Theatre in Washington, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, has reopened after a $50m (£34.7m) restoration project.

Almost nothing of the original interior remains, but the building has been painstakingly restored using crime scene pictures taken at the time by the famous Civil War photographer Mathew Brady.

The theatre is as much a shrine as a place of entertainment and has drawn about a million visitors a year.

The refurbishment comes not only as the US marks the bicentenary of Lincoln's birth on 12 February 1809, but as the 16th president gains renewed prominence, being frequently quoted and praised by the 44th president, Barack Obama.



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