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Secretary Edwin Stanton intervenes to ensure African-American participation in New York's funeral procession

President Lincoln's Funeral Procession in New York City, April 25, 1865, artist's impression, zoomable image, detail
New York City authorities had earlier announced restrictions on the five thousand African-Americans who had planned to take part in the murdered president's funeral procession in the city.  Reportedly, Secretary of War Stanton heard of the efforts and intervened to get the orders lifted. Sadly, though they were escorted by New York policemen, only two or three hundred braved the parade, fearing violence and arrest. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
John Carroll Power, Abraham Lincoln: His Life, Public Services, Death and Great Funeral Cortege ... (Chicago, IL: H.W. Rokker, 1889), 143-144.