Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln are with their ill 11-year-old son, Willie, in his White House bedroom on Feb. 5, 1862. The child would die 15 days later.

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Three years later, on an April day in 1865, the president visits Richmond, Va., which had been the Confederacy's capital. Seeing Lincoln, a black workman is said to have fallen to his knees, shouting out to others, "Bless the Lord, there is the great Messiah!" Embarrassed, Lincoln is said to have told the man to stand and to kneel only to God.

A few nights later, the president smiles as he sits with his wife in Ford's Theater. A few minutes before 10 o'clock, she hugs him and says, "What will Miss Harris think of my hanging on to you so?" Lincoln turns to his wife with this tender reply: "She won't think anything about it." They are the last words Mary Todd Lincoln will hear from him.

Those are some of the lingering memories after a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Children and adults there are encouraged to touch sculptures of Lincoln's hands and face, made from molds while he lived. And volunteers will accept cameras to take souvenir photos of visitors alongside figures of the president, his wife and three sons.

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