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In old photos, is that Lincoln’s hearse?

Posted: March 23, 2014 at 5:26 a.m.

The smudgy black streak in this four-image picture, according to retired government accountant Paul Taylor, is a horse-drawn hearse carrying the body of Abraham Lincoln past a reverent crowd outside Grace Episcopal Church in New York on April 25, 1865, 11 days after Lincoln’s assassination in Washington.

In the first photograph, the crowd outside the church seems to be waiting for something to come down the street. Children stand up front so they can see.

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Front Section, Pages 2 on 03/23/2014

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