Lincoln assassination bullet on display

Jan. 3, 2010 at 2:53 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The bullet used to kill U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is on display in Washington as part of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, a museum official says.

The Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal reported Sunday the bullet used by John Wilkes Booth in Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865, is part of a display at Washington's National Museum of Health & Medicine.

The exhibit titled "Abraham Lincoln: The Final Casualty of the War" is taking place at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus site in honor of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth in Kentucky.

National Museum of Health & Science spokesman Tim Clarke Jr. said while the bullet has been part of the museum's Civil War medicine exhibit, it is now being as part of the bicentennial celebration.

"The bicentennial gave us an opportunity to expand upon the story that we were already telling," Clarke said.

The Courier-Journal said the new museum exhibit, which includes other items connected to the historic assassination and Lincoln's death, will run indefinitely at the Washington site.

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