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Monday, August 29, 2011

RETRIAL OF MARY SURRATT

Tickets Currently On Sale

Mary Surratt was hanged on July 7th, 1865 for conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. 146 years later, she'll finally get a new trial. On September 23rd at Chicago's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library and on October 3rd at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will team with the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission to give Mary Surratt a new trial. Ms. Surratt will be tried using modern rules of evidence as a dramatically presented court proceeding rather than the original 1865 military tribunal that used procedures that limited the scope of Mary Surratt's defense. At the end of the arguments by the prosecution and defense, audience members will determine her guilt or innocence.

Tickets to the event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield were priced at $25 each and were sold out within 72 hours of going on sale August 1. A total of 150 limited access seats in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library have been made available and will allow live, video viewing of the event as it unfolds starting at 6:30 p.m. in the nearby Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The seats for remote viewing in the Library are $10 each and may be purchased by calling (217) 558-8934.

Tickets for the Chicago event on September 23rd are still available by calling (312) 554-2057.

Go here for an interesting blog post on the event.

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