WILMINGTON — The story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination is familiar to most of us, but not as well known is what exactly happened during the last day of the life of the 16th President of the United States.
On April 14 at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington — 151 years after the assassination — renowned Lincoln scholar Gary Kersey will present “Lincoln’s Last Hours” at 7:30 p.m. on the stage of the theater.
Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, and died the next day. Kersey will speak of the events that shocked the world, including the paths — of the assassin, the president and others — that converged at the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.
“We’re going to talk about what happened that last day, from several different vantage points,” Kersey said, including the relationship of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln. The Lincolns had experienced one of their happiest days in recent memory, Kersey said.
Wilmington’s own Kersey, who has been invited to speak all over the United States, first taught a lesson on the Lincoln assassination in 1970, during his nine years teaching American History at the junior high in Wilmington. Since then,
Today, many middle school and high school students become familiar with Lincoln’s last days through “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer,” James L. Swanson’s young-adult book based on the adult bestseller, “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer,” a book that Kersey helped write.
The live presentation is an opportunity for those students and their families to learn about an important day in American history in a new and different way — live on stage in a beautiful theater in their hometown.
“It’s an opportunity for younger people to maybe be exposed to something they may have not been exposed to ever — a stage presentation,” Kersey said, which may be much different than how they obtain knowledge through electronic devices.
“Lincoln’s Last Hours” with Gary Kersey, at 7:30 p.m. April 14, is open to the public at the Murphy Theatre, 50 W. Main St. Sponsored by Kersey Auction & Real Estate, a donation of $5 is suggested.