Ford’s Theater National Historic Site, District of Columbia

In November 1864, John Wilkes Booth appeared with his brothers Edwin and Junius Brutus Booth in a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Junius, playing the role of Cassius, had these lines: “How many ages hence / Shall this our lofty scene be acted over / In states unborn and accents yet unknown!” John Wilkes found the stage to play the role, as he thought, of tyrannicide at Ford’s Theater in Washington six months later. Ford’s Theater National Historic Site includes the theater, where Booth shot Lincoln in the presidential box, and Petersen’s Boarding House across the street, where Lincoln died the next morning. Ford’s was closed as a theater from the night of the assassination until 1968. Since then, the theater has been restored and reopened as a venue for live productions.



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