By Seiler Smith

Abraham Lincoln statue outside the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library | Photo courtesy of the Filson Historical Society
Abraham Lincoln statue outside the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library | Photo courtesy of the Filson Historical Society

Bodies only tend to come up from the ground in zombie/horror movies — or, occasionally, when a body is moved to a new grave. Once is pretty rare, twice is pretty weird. But exhuming a person’s body 14 times is just confounding.

But that is how many times the body of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, has been moved since he was laid in his “final resting place” in Springfield, Ill. That also includes five times since his 1865 funeral that the coffin has been reopened.

On Tuesday, March 10, local historian Clay W. Stuckey will discuss “The Trials and Tribulations of the Corpse of Abraham Lincoln” and explain why the body was moved so many times, why the coffin has been opened, and why the rebuilding of Lincoln’s tomb was necessary. The presentation will include pictures from the Lincoln Presidential Library as well as images taken behind the scenes at the tomb where the public is not allowed.

This event is free for members of the Filson Historical Society and $10 for non-members. It takes place at the Library at Oxmoor Farm, 720 Oxmoor Ave. Seating is limited, so to register, call 635-5083 or go to filsonhistorical.org/events.

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