Saturday, February 9, 2013

ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S COFFIN REPLICA TO BE ON DISPLAY
AT THE CABELL COUNTY MAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Week of May 20, 2013


A replica of the coffin in which president Abraham Lincoln is buried will be on display at the Cabell County Main Public Library beginning the week of May 20th 2013.  The display is being sponsored by Henson Mortuary of Barboursville, WV.  Fred and Amber Kitchen, funeral home owners of Henson Mortuary have coordinated with the Cabell County Public Library to make the exhibit possible. 

This will also be a great opportunity for exhibit viewers to also review the libraries books on President Lincoln.

The coffin is one of five replicas made 10 years ago by the Batesville Casket Company of Batseville, Indiana. The coffin was built using the only known surviving 1865 photograph of the one in which President Lincoln is shown lying in state. Four of the five coffin replicas travel the nation for display at funeral homes and the fifth remains as part of the permanent collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.

It is estimated that one million people viewed President Lincoln’s body from the time of his death until his burial in Springfield, Illinois. His coffin was the most elaborate of that time. President Lincoln also had the distinction of having the largest funeral throughout the world, until President John F. Kennedy’s death in 1963.

Henson Mortuary is family owned and operated and is dedicated to supporting family, community and education.  We are honored to be able to coordinate and sponsor this historical week long exhibit in conjuction with the Cabell County Main Public Library.



 
Cabell County Public Library
455 Ninth Street Plaza
Huntington, WV 25701
304.528.5700

Henson Mortuary
6357 E. Pea Ridge Rd.
Huntington, WV 25705
www.hensonmortuary.com
304.736.8986

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