Murder & Memory


Wallpaper from Abraham Lincoln’s bedroom in his Springfield, Illinois house.

This is a fragment of blue and bronze patterned wallpaper from Lincoln’s bedroom in his Springfield, Illinois, house.  The Lincolns left Springfield on February 11, 1861 to travel to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration.  They rented out their house with plans to return following Lincoln’s presidency.  Sadly, the family never returned to live there again.  Souvenirs such as this fragment of wallpaper became treasured relics of Victorians wanting a keepsake of the martyred president.

*2008-1090   Gift of The Rail Splitter, 2009.