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1901 EXHUMATION REMOVAL PRESIDENT LINCOLN COFFIN PHOTO
1901 EXHUMATION REMOVAL PRESIDENT LINCOLN COFFIN PHOTO
This photograph shows People gathered around crate containing coffin of President Abraham Lincoln, in background, empty grave and crane & pulley, April 30, 1901.

In the years following Lincoln's death, attempts were made to steal Lincoln's body and hold it for ransom. Around 1900, Robert Todd Lincoln decided that, in order to prevent body theft, it was necessary to build a permanent crypt for his father. Lincoln's body was almost perfectly preserved. It had been embalmed so many times following his death that his body had not decayed. In fact, he was perfectly recognizable, even more than thirty years after his death. On his chest, they could see red, white, and blue specks remnants of the American flag with which he was buried, which had by then disintegrated.
 
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