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150th Anniversary: Lincoln’s Coffin Arrived In Albany

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On February 18, 1861, Abraham Lincoln visited Albany for the only time before his funeral train returned four years later. 

It was the same day a young actor by the name of John Wilkes Booth was appearing in a play at a Green Street theater in the city's South End.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s coffin arriving in Albany, where thousands lined up to pay their respects as the 16th president lay in state in the capitol.

WAMC's Dave Lucas spoke with Union College President Stephen Ainlay about Lincoln’s ties with the Capital Region.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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