President Lincoln's Inauguration Re-Enactment
A re-enactment was held to mark the 150th anniversary the previous day of Abraham Lincoln’s swearing-in as president of the United… read more
A re-enactment was held to mark the 150th anniversary the previous day of Abraham Lincoln’s swearing-in as president of the United States on March 4, 1861. After the opening remarks, Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer spoke to set the scene. Actor Sam Waterston recited Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address. As was the sequence in 1861, the swearing-in followed the reading of the inaugural address. Michael Krebs portrayed Lincoln being sworn in by Chief Justice Roger Taney, portrayed by Frank Parsons.
This event at the Capitol Hill Visitor Center was sponsored by Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL). It was co-sponsored by the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, the Lincoln Forum, the Lincolnarchives Digital Project, and the Willard InterContinental Hotel. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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- John T. Elliff Second Vice President Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia
- Harold Holzer Chair Lincoln (Abraham) Bicentennial Foundation
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