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Ford's Theatre

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Ford's Theater

Ford's Theater

Ford's Theater
Brief history: Ford's Theater at 511 Tenth St, NW in Washington is arguably the most famous theater in the U.S. Live performances are still staged there, but Ford's is infamous, of course, as the site of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth during the play Our American Cousin.

Ghosts: According to a few witnesses, the haunting imprint of Lincoln's assassination occasionally repeats itself: footsteps are heard rushing toward the box where Lincoln sat with his wife, followed by a gunshot and screams. One report even attests to the apparition of Mary Todd Lincoln at the railing of the box and pointing at the stage where Booth made his escape and crying out, "He has killed the president!" Other voices crying "Murder!" have also been heard.

An icy presence reported on a specific part of the stage by various actors blame the ghost of Booth for the phenomenon. His spirit has also been seen hurrying across the stage, re-enacting his getaway from the scene of the crime.

Although Lincoln's ghost has more famously been seen several times in The White House, there have been sightings of his spirit in this historic theater as well.

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