The Lost Museum Archive
Memorial Playbill, Ford’s Theatre
Premiering in New York City in 1858, Our American Cousin was a popular comedy about the introduction of an awkward, boorish American to his aristocratic English relatives. But on the night of April 14, 1865, the play became famous for a dreadful reason: it was the performance in progress at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., when John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. This memorial to the slain President reproduces the play’s program.
Source: An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera—American Memory Collection, Library of Congress