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In Washington D.C., the planned reopening of Ford's Theater causes public and governmental consternation

John Thompson Ford, detail
07/03/1865
John T. Ford announced in several Washington newspapers that he was planning to re-open his theater for performances at the end of the following week.  He assured the city that he would not be opening the presidential box where Abraham Lincoln had been fatally wounded almost three months before and it would remain shrouded.  Popular uproar and official condemnation followed immediately, including death threats, and the planned performances were cancelled.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Brendan H. Egan, Jr, Murder at Ford's Theatre: A Chronicle of An Assassination (Bloomington, IN: XLibris Corporation, 2008), np. 

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