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Friday, May 18, 2007

Abe Lincoln's Shower Curtain

A blood-stained flag that decorated Abraham Lincoln's box the night of his assassination was passed down in the family of two Ford's Theater actors. It's now in the possession of the Pike County (Pa.) Historical Society, which hasn't always treated it as a priceless artifact.

The flag remained a Struthers’ family heirloom until 1954 and, upon going to the society, apparently spent some years in relative obscurity. Dick Daddis, president of the society, has heard stories of the flag having been draped over an outdoor porch rail.

Former Society President Barbara Buchanan said she was horrified to find it displayed on a shower rod in the society’s former shared quarters in Community House, the current Pike County Library building. [Link]

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