Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership opens to study Abraham Lincoln in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP).- Flowers once attached to President Abraham Lincoln’s coffin and ribbons from mourners have joined videos and interactive displays to explore his life and legacy in a new museum and education center at the theater where Lincoln was assassinated. The Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership opens to the public Sunday, the 203rd anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. The new center built in a 10-story former office building is part of a $60 million project to create a four-part campus for visitors to learn about the 16th president in the nation’s capital. Visitors can begin with exhibits that explore Lincoln’s presidency and see the theater where he was shot April 14, 1865. They can follow the story across the street to see where Lincoln died the next day. More of Lincoln’s story can